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March 22, 2013

Transcript of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce's City Council forum Friday

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Weaver: "Whether it's my vision or anyones, I think we're going to see growth on (State Highway) 51 as you approach I-35. Whether we like it or not, it's going to come. The important thing for the Council to consider is to be on top of it and make sure it happens in an organized way. The comprehensive plan is part of that. The mayor suggested we focus in that area because we knew that we were hearing from a lot of people on the outside wanting to look at real estate opportunities out there. It's going to develop. But we want to be mindful of the traffic. We want to be mindful of the intersections and access to the existing businesses that are out there. We want to make sure that as that develops out there, we can still maintain the accessibility and the traffic flow and all those sorts of things as it does develop out. The comprehensive plan addresses that in part, but we'll have to be mindful of that as we go forward. And I think of it sort of like what happened in the BID District downtown. We're all taking that for granted now. Just think back about six years ago what downtown looked like and look at it now. Every evening, the cars are everywhere. There's no parking. The businesses are lit up. They're not closed down at 5 o'clock. It's energized downtown. That's been a wonderful success story for the BID District, the city of Stillwater and our whole community. I'd like to see something like that happen out on 51 where with thoughtful planning and careful organization we can have some additional activity out there that complements what we already have and is something that we can be proud of and not something that just happens to us."

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