The Norman Transcript

October 22, 2013

Development still booming in Moore

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — The May 20 tornado destroyed houses and stripped trees bare, but it hasn’t frightened off developers who want to land their businesses in the prime real estate available in Moore.

Economic Development Coordinator Diedre Ebrey said there are deals brokering on 300,000 square feet of new retail development.

While Ebrey said it is too early to reveal names, she told the Moore City Council on Monday that she’s excited about the possibilities. At least one potential business could be a significant catch for the city, she said.

Moore is bouncing back in the residential sector, as well. City Manager Stephen Eddy said 282 single-family residential permits have been issued for storm rebuilds.

Parks Director Todd Jenson presented plans for the Little River Park post-tornado rebuild. Those plans include a dog park, two playgrounds, a walking trail, space reserved for a memorial on the east side of the park, a future splash pad and fitness sites.

“This isn’t something we’ll do overnight,” Jenson said.

The rebuild will unfold in phases. The splash pad will be one of the longer-term projects, Jenson said.

What is missing in the new version of Little River Park is a disc golf course.

Council member Mark Hamm asked if disc golf might be located somewhere else.

Jenson said the city has been in discussion with disc golf organizations who might want to do a junior course at Buck Thomas Park.

“It’s a good compromise,” Jenson said.

Jenson also said more details would be coming soon about a ceremony to accept $100,000 recreation grant for Veterans Park from Coca-Cola. At this time, plans are for 10 a.m. Nov. 8, he said.

Moore won the grand prize in the “America’s Favorite Park” contest, with more than 400,000 votes.

The deadline to submit a name for the memorial wall at Veterans Park has been extended to Dec. 31.

The American Legion Post 184 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8706 are asking the community to submit names of veterans who lived in Moore or went to a Moore Public School for the Memorial Park Wall of Honor. The wall will recognize Moore veterans who have completed honorable service during times of conflict and/or non- conflict.

Names may be submitted free of charge. Download a form at cityofmoore.com/WallofHonor, then mail completed forms and attachments to the American Legion Post 184, 207 SW 1st, Moore, OK 73160. For more information, call American Legion Post 184 at 794-5446 between noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Joy Hampton

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