The trails at Ruby Grant could connect up with Carrington, though it would be necessary to cross 36th Avenue he said. Stormwater innovations could also be used in that corridor.
“We could design Franklin Road with a totally different approach to drainage,” McKown said. “Instead of conventional storm drainage, we could use various open vegetative swales — rain garden technology — all kinds of things that would promote the growth of trees and would eventually grow up and shade the road and create one of those amazing tree tunnels.”
McKown said he would put roundabouts at 36th and Franklin Road and possibly at Indian Hills Road and 36th Avenue.
The city discussed the use of roundabouts along Lindsey Street to slow traffic and make that corridor more pedestrian friendly, but roundabouts use a wider swatch of right of way and work best when incorporated into developing areas. With development occurring on Franklin Road, the city has an opportunity to incorporate trees and roundabouts rather than trying to retrofit older, more developed areas.
McKown serves on Norman’s Green Belt Commission and his housing projects at Carrington Place and Trail Woods additions have been commended by city staff and the city’s Environmental Advisory Board for their forward thinking, environmentally friendly elements.
In Oklahoma City’s downtown Deep Deuce, McKown built Level Urban Apartments as a high density, environmentally friendly urban project complete with interior green space, a health food store, and on-site recycling collection next to the trash collections.
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