Jarema said many seniors may still work and drive, and traffic will be affected.
“There is going to be an impact,” Jarema said of traffic concerns. “This does not fit the area. It’s all single-family housing.”
“What if they put in a 7-Eleven in there?” Mayor Glenn Lewis said. “It’s already zoned for that.”
Lewis said several convenience chains are looking for more sites in that area.
Jarema said ambulance calls that are accompanied by a fire truck also would be a factor.
“This is probably the lowest-impact development that we could approve,” council member David Roberts said.
“There is a need for housing for senior adults,” council member Mark Hamm said.
Hamm asked about drainage concerns.
City Manager Steve Eddy said a drainage study will have to be done, and the development would not proceed until that study is done and all city codes are met.
“Is there any guarantee you can give us that this will be a senior community?” Jarema said.
Jarema expressed concern that it could become multi-family housing in the future.
“As a PUD, we do maintain some control over that,” Roberts said.
Because of the number of households signing the petition and concerns expressed, council members voted to postpone the three proposed items related to the senior residential development until they could study the matter more fully. Some said they would visit the Oklahoma City senior location.
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