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May 14, 2014

Stonebridge Village breaks ground

ENID, Okla. — Officials ceremonially broke ground Wednesday on the largest housing development in production in the city.

Waukomis native Gene Anderson and his company, AC Development, are busy at work contouring the ground in the northwest corner of Cleveland and Chestnut. The project will include a commercial and retail space, single-family homes and a gated apartment complex.

Stonebridge Village endured a complicated and tense start, as neighbors demanded changes to Anderson’s design. In return, the developer lessened the number of homes and agreed to remove a set of smaller residences. He instead will build those homes on the east side of Cleveland. Anderson got clearance last year to begin the construction process.

“It seems like the project’s dead a million different times, and it really takes persistence to keep it going,” said Brent Kisling, executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance.

The homes in Stonebridge Village are described as Texas Hill Country style. There will be 71 single-family homes, which Kisling said the city needs.

“We needed at least 400 owner-occupied homes in our town, and we could absorb it into the market within two years,” he said, referring to a housing study that’s credited with spurring plans for at least three other housing developments. “This particular project here today is helping to solve that dilemma.”

Stonebridge Village also will offer 200 apartment units on a 15-acre lot. Anderson called it an “upscale, gated apartment complex.”

“And by the way, this whole project is a tick of upscale and upbeat standard for our area. There’s nothing like it in Enid,” he said. “We want it to really look nice and really improve the asset quality in the entire area.”

Officials with Tulsa-based Vector Companies have said they will develop and manage the apartment complex. Anderson co-owns AC Development with his cousin, Richard.

At the intersection of Cleveland and Chestnut, Anderson is building 16 acres of commercially zoned structures that represent about 85,000-square-feet of space for retail, office and medical.

“I’m amazed at the interest we’ve had so far,” he said, adding there already is serious interest for about 60 percent of the area.

Local dignitaries were on hand, including members of Enid City Commission.

“Mr. Anderson and his crew are getting ready to take this unused piece of land and create a vibrant new development for our community — a development that will provide us with retail spaces, medical facilities, restaurants, office spaces as well as housing,” boasted Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson.

The development, including features built to retain excess stormwater and serve as ponds, will have required moving about 160,000 cubic yards of dirt. Utility construction should begin soon, and Anderson believes the next visible phase of the project will begin later this year.

“We’ve thought about it for so long and we’ve got concept pictures and plat maps that define it. We’ve gotten to the point now where we’ve just about got our entire area defined,” Anderson said. “We think by fall we’ll be ready to break some ground there.”

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