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    Default Comprehensive Look at Downtown Edmond Development

    Really well done article by The Oklahoman. Looks like Downtown Edmond is close to a tipping point for reinventing itself.

    Downtown Edmond Gets Cool: Development spreads from the heart of suburb's center

    https://newsok.com/article/5598286/d...suburbs-center

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    I agree. For the first time in my 48-years, the wife and I have actually driven to downtown Edmond recently and walked the area, visiting several different businesses. In the past, downtown Edmond was a single visit destination - run-in, run-out and leave the area.

    I hope this continues.

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    This could be another big change as downtown spreads west of the tracks.

    https://newsok.com/article/5601348/d...g-edmond-plant

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjjumper View Post
    This could be another big change as downtown spreads west of the tracks.

    https://newsok.com/article/5601348/d...g-edmond-plant
    Lots of ideas to develop this land...but nothing concrete yet.

    With the location close to the train tracks, its seems a little too far west of downtown Edmond? This is the same street if you continue east of the railroad tracks you run into Othello's and Weather's TV and Appliance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottk View Post
    Lots of ideas to develop this land...but nothing concrete yet.

    With the location close to the train tracks, its seems a little too far west of downtown Edmond? This is the same street if you continue east of the railroad tracks you run into Othello's and Weather's TV and Appliance.
    I’d put my money on it being apartments once the city does the quiet zones they are talking about. People actually living downtown would really boost the businesses.

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    Edmond has launched a new community engagement tool for public input on downtown development and public works projects.

    You can rank priorities of certain things that feel important to you. This was my suggestion on a long term plan of Broadway.

    “Remove on street parking, lane of traffic, and turn lanes, and add fully protected bike lanes, widened sidewalks, and a streetcar(I will provide more details about the street car down this post. This will allow restaurants and businesses to have patios, open spaces to sit, and increases safety and desirability for the travel mode alternatives.

    Build a multi-modal transit hub between First and Main. This hub will serve as a bus depot, commuter rail, streetcar, Citylink HUB/HQ, Amtrak(heartland flyer extension), and possible candidate for HSR and Greyhound bus depot.

    The streetcar line should be used a tool to better UCO with Downtown.

    A rather ambitious proposal would be to have it meander through the east side of UCO campus where the parking lots are allowing structured parking to be built and surface lots turned into housing and school expansions, the street turns west down Ayers to Broadway, south on Broadway until 1st St., then to Fretz, Fretz south to 5th, then 5th East to Rankin where it would be connect back UCO.

    There are other less ambitious possibilities obviously but this would likely see healthy ridership and be a serious commuter tool. It would link UCO with downtown Edmond, connect Stephenson Park area with DT Edmond and UCO, and provide a feeder/connector route with the transit hub.

    Two parking garages accommodating 2-4 thousand cars could be placed at Main next to the railroad tracks for the commuter rail allowing for downtown access, park n ride for streetcar/commuter rail, adjacent to transit hub, etc. And another garage replacing the downtown community center which sees a new one built. These parking garages would offset the loss of parking on Broadway and ensure ease of parking for decades to come. These garages should have retail at ground level and potentially residential and/or office on top floors.”

    My interim improvements were adding raised crosswalks adjacent to Broadway, parklets, and such.

    Here is the link to add your input: https://polco.us/groups/city/edmond-ok

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