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February 4, 2014

Tornado victims scorn effort to build multi-family apartments

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MOORE —

Community Development Director Elizabeth Jones reported that the north portion of the property was rezoned to C-3 with a Permissive Use for a mini-storage in 2011. The south portion of the property was zoned C-2 and platted as the Eastridge Commercial Park in 1986. Both tracts are vacant.

According to city staff notes, the applicant wants to build an apartment complex with 182 units, resulting in 20 dwelling units per acre. Amenities included in the proposed PUD include a clubhouse with pool, onsite garages and three acres of open space with 95 trees and 100 shrubs.

A transitional buffer of two-story garage units would protect single-family homes from view in the existing neighborhood to the west. Also 27 trees along the west property line would serve as a sight and noise buffer.

The application uses a 60 percent minimum bricking requirement for primary buildings, with most of that bricking on the first floor. The clubhouse appears to contain fewer masonry components, and staff “has great concern over the reduction of masonry components to the long-term aesthetic viability and maintenance of the project,” according to staff reports.

The Moore Planning Commission recommended denial of the request. The council voted unanimously to table the issue.

Residents said they would not show up Feb. 10 to meet with the developer. They do not want the apartments and don’t feel the developer has anything to say that could change their minds.

Joy Hampton

366-3544

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

 

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