Proposed hotel site causing backlash in Edmond neighborhood

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EDMOND, Okla. — Developers have submitted a rezoning proposal for the possible future site of two hotels, causing some backlash from nearby residents.

Tapp Development Companies has filed a proposal with the city of Edmond to change a plot of land on the northwest corner of Fox Lake Lane and I-35 to a Planned Unit Development (PUD), according to their attorney, Randel Shadid.

“There’s a little space to the west that could be an office area, that’s really not in the plan to develop immediately and, then, to the north is the wellness park,” Shadid said.

According to the proposal, the wellness park will be gifted to the city of Edmond after the final site plan is approved for both hotels. Fox Lane residents we spoke with said they are concerned about traffic and the proximity of the proposed hotels to their neighborhood pool and playground.

“We pay dues for that, and it should be ours, not just somebody wandering down the street and using it,” said Bob Liles.

Kim Lewis, vice-president of the Fox Lake Homeowners' Association, told News 4 two petitions against are currently circulating in the neighborhood.

"I don’t think that a hotel belongs that close to a neighborhood. If you look at other hotels around in any area, there aren’t any that butt up against this close to a neighborhood that I can think of," Lewis said. "If they put an office park over here, they could walk over and check out our kids at the pool and that’s not a good thing."

Shadid told News 4 neighbors should not be surprised by the proposal. According to him, living near a bustling interstate highway means the possibility of projects and changes like this.

"It always amazes me how people always want to tell people how to spend their money. If you got a plan for the property, buy the property but don’t be telling us where and what to build," he said. "If you build a home on the interstate, to me… it’s disingenuous to come in and say, ‘Oh, we didn’t expect any higher intensity development on there.' What are you going on your interstate, if you don’t do that?"

A public meeting with the planning commission is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The commission will ultimately make a recommendation to the Edmond city council.