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February 26, 2014

Bed and breakfast gets approval

NORMAN — The Norman City Council considered two special use zoning requests Tuesday for locally owned businesses.

A request to allow a bed and breakfast near campus was allowed, while a request for an early education center was postponed.

David Houck asked for a special use to put a bed and breakfast at 1405 McKinley Ave. on the south side of the university campus. The bed and breakfast designation requires that the owner live on the property.

Council members expressed concerns that the bed and breakfast could be run as a boarding house, with the only difference being the length of stay. The council also was concerned about parking.

Houck said most bed and breakfasts average 40 percent occupancy, though he would hope for 100 percent occupancy on game days.

“I think this is an interestingly complicated question,” Council member Greg Jungman said.

Jungman said he likes the B&B concept as an alternative to traditional hotel/motel developments but is concerned about the proposed placement. He said he would “fall back on the wishes of the neighbors, which is against.”

Council member Stephen Holman also said he could not support the change because of residents who opposed the special use.

The council approved the request 7 to 2, with Jungman and Holman voting against.

Bright Start Early Education Center requested a special use zoning designation for a private school/early education center. Called Bright Star at its current location, it would become Kinderberry Academy if allowed to open at 2795 Broce Drive.

“Currently, they have 136 students,” representative Stephen McCaleb said.

If the school is allowed to move to Broce Drive, it would downsize to about 110 students, McCaleb said.

The property is in an area that has been zoned industrial. McCaleb said two other schools are in industrial areas within Norman.

Some questions arose concerning whether the facility is a child care center or a private school, but McCaleb said the curriculum for all ages supports that it is a private school, even though it would serve infants under 3, along with older preschool-aged children.

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