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November 4, 2013

Software company to settle in Moore

MOORE — A large software company is expected to bring 150 jobs to Moore at start up, with more jobs expected in the future.

The company will be the anchor on the proposed “The Pipeline at Fritts Farm,” a 17-acre development proposed for vacant land south of 19th Street and west of Telephone Road.

The Moore City Council approved the preliminary plat for “The Pipeline” on Monday night, along with approving a zoning change from Urban Residential to Light commercial/High Density Residential to allow for mixed use on a portion of the site.

Owner Jason Fritts wants to pattern the development after downtown-style urban areas to create a pedestrian-friendly live and work environment that will provide a high quality of life for residents.

The proposal includes a pond with native plantings and a walking trail, a formalized pedestrian plan and pocket parks throughout the area.

Community Development Director Elizabeth Jones said there is proposed on-street parking in the plat, which would be a first for Moore.

“I have seen a lot of interest in the loft-style apartments with the businesses on the bottom,” Jones told city council members.

“I think it’s a neat project,” Council member Terry Cavnar said.

The city council also lowered impact fees for future multi-family housing projects.

“We are seeing a renewed interest in multi-family housing,” Jones said.

City Manager Steve Eddy said the city’s impact fees were considered “onerous” by prospective developers.

“Surrounding communities do not have these impact fees,” Jones said.

The council approved measures to reduce the transportation impact fee and the sewer impact fee. These are upfront fees paid by developers and will not affect the sewer rates paid by utility customers, Jones said.

Two potential apartment complexes currently are under consideration by developers at Moore, which would bring 700 to 800 units, city staff said.

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