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March 4, 2014

Lakeview Ridge residents seek complex revisions

STILLWATER, Okla. — Residents of the Lakeview Ridge housing addition prevented a proposed student housing complex from going in over their back fences last year.

But the fight isn’t over.

After waiting the required one year, Park 7 Group is back with a revised application and rezoning request for the same project on the same tract of land.

A group of residents met with project engineers Monday at the Stillwater Public Library to see the new plans and submit a list of accommodations they want.

Development Services Director Paula Dennison said the applicant is asking to rezone the 30 acre tract from industrial to multifamily with a planned unit development (PUD) designation.

That’s an advantage for the neighborhood because it means only that exact project is permitted to build there, project engineer Roger Gose said. He referred to it as conditional zoning.

People whose back yards abut the proposed complex said they worry about more water running through a drainage system they characterize as barely adequate and elevation changes that would have multistory units looming over their back yards.

The neighbors asked for higher fencing, more trees for screening and stepped down building heights that would put one story units behind them. They also requested street improvements on Mercury Avenue and Marine Avenue to handle increased traffic and asked for lighting designed to avoid shining in their direction.

They asked for more drainage canals and for the developer to assume legal and financial liability for any damage suffered by the neighborhood from water or drainage.

Gose said he’d have a conference call with his clients to pass along the requests.

If changes to the plan are made quickly enough, the matter will go before the planning commission March 11, Dennison said.

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