ENID, Okla. — Demolition is well underway at The District.
While pieces of the long-standing neighborhood known until recently as Lahoma Courts still are waiting to be leveled, businesses already have signed on to the development, staking a claim in 18 acres of Enid's economic future.
Jiffy Trip and Colton's Steak House were the first, followed by Hideaway Pizza with its mid-July announcement.
A little under half of the whole lot has been set aside to accommodate a stand-alone movie theater, and the city is in talks with Apex Cinemas to fill it.
Pancaking the property is just the start. As part of its deal with the City of Enid to secure Lahoma Courts, The District developer agreed to install more than $2 million worth of infrastructure in the area, and that work comes next.
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The District, Enid's new 18-acre development at Cleveland and Garriott, was for years a multimillion-dollar uncertainty.
Demolition is underway on structures at the location, and businesses are committing to open there.
City Manager Jerald Gilbert said he expects substantial, visible progress to be made on the long-awaited Lahoma Courts development project in upcoming days and weeks.
Enid’s board of commissioners approved a new agreement with the company in charge of the Lahoma Courts development Friday, keeping the deal on track, and addressing problems with asbestos and an inconveniently placed billboard.
The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce celebrated some significant community development highlights and successful events and activities at its annual meeting and banquet Tuesday night.
Enid City Commission will discuss rezoning of Lahoma Courts properties during its regular meeting Monday, May 7, 2019.
"Retail is changing, and the retailers that are growing right now are retailers that understand the new consumer attitudes toward purchasing and understanding the online phenomena that’s taking place." — Ricky Hayes, city retail consultant
Enid city commissioners approved Thursday the sale of the Lahoma Courts property to Kyle Williams, who has plans for a movie theater, Colton's Steak House & Grill and Jiffy Trip on the land.
"The Open Records Act is something that I take very seriously ... I just can't foresee the lack of compliance, I have to act on that, so I'm doing that for my client." — David E. Anderson, attorney representing Key
The city of Enid is not paying an Oklahoma City company anything, at this point, to market the Lahoma Courts property.
Discussions are ongoing with a developer who has expressed interest in the Lahoma Courts property.
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Enid City Commission will consider a change order today for four additional properties to be cleared in Lahoma Courts.
The city has just two properties, out of 23, left to acquire in the addition. The properties will be sold to Hunt Properties Inc., which has plans for retail development.
The city is working to acquire 23 properties in the Lahoma Courts addition.
The city of Enid's spokesman said condemnation proceedings have not been initiated on any Lahoma Courts properties, but Garfield County District Court records show a petition for condemnation has been filed on at least one property.
Property owners spoke in favor of selling their properties for fair prices in the Lahoma Court Addition, ahead of an Enid City Commission decision Monday to authorize condemnation proceedings if the city could not reach agreements with owners.
Enid City Commission will consider a resolution to make way for condemning properties in the Lahoma Court Addition, as the city of Enid pursues acquiring the property for planned retail development.
While both mayoral candidates admit there’s not much daylight between them on policy issues, Dr. David Vanhooser of Ward 6 summed up the difference in a few words.
Construction was supposed to conclude for four-story, 131-room hotel this year. According to the deal, LodgeWell bought the land for $10 in return for spending millions on the hotel and adjacent parking garage.
A multi-million dollar deal to convert a small neighborhood into top-flight retail development will move forward under contract.
Retiring City Manager Eric Benson has maintained the neighborhood is blighted and the land is best suited for commercial development.
The city appears to have settled on a price for its No. 4 Fire Station and the open field behind it.
Enid is already experiencing a shortage in low to moderate rental housing, so why add to the problem?
Buying homes and businesses in the Lahoma Courts addition will make the neighborhood’s conversion to retail more fair, City Manager Eric Benson said Tuesday.
If the city relocates the Enid Fire Department substation No. 4 to Lions Park, the property where it currently sits could become a valuable commodity.