City, centers scratch rezoning plans

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OKLAHOMA CITY—After months of planning, including a request to rezone an area of northeast Oklahoma City, leaders are scratching the original plan and coming up with something new.

The City of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Health Center and OU Health Science Center were attempting to rezone 107 acres of land from Lincoln to N. Lottie, between N.E. 4th St. and N.E. 8th St.

The move would allow the health centers to expand their campuses to accommodate the growing field.

After receiving multiple complaints, city leaders have decided to change those plans.

Officials say neighbors living in the surrounding areas were concerned the buildings would lower property values and limit the redevelopment of private property.

They recently withdrew their rezoning request.

Councilman Skip Kelly said, “It’s important that we listen to residents living in the area and take their opinions into consideration. Any future expansion of the health centers must continue to involve neighborhood input.”