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Demolition well underway in The District; $2 million in infrastructure next

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Drone of The District

An overhead view of The District shows demolition readying the property for retail development. 

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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Read Enid News & Eagle's comprehensive coverage of current and the history retail development at the southeast corner of Cleveland and Garriott.

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.

Ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline to acquire properties in the Lahoma Courts addition, the city of Enid has demolished 17 homes to make way for planned development.

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.

Enid City Commission awarded a contract to the lowest bidder, a Tulsa company, to demolish city-owned structures in the Lahoma Courts addition during a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

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, Okla. — With the addition of the gas station at Cleveland and Garriott, the city of Enid has racked up more than $1 million in property buys to help convert the Lahoma Courts Addition into a retail hub.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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