The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 27, 2014

Downtown plats combined; hotel closer to reality

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid has taken one more step toward construction of a downtown hotel.

Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved Monday the re-plat of land where the proposed Hilton Garden Inn would be located at Independence and Maine. To avoid servicing the property as a long list of land parcels, Planning Administrator Chris Bauer said the developer asked to simply combine them into three larger sections.

“All this plat does is reconfigure the property line,” Bauer said.

One parcel will carry the hotel, another will have a 250-unit parking garage with retail space and the third sits under Enid Event Center. There also is space for a large truck loading lane.

Construction is expected to begin soon on the hotel.

The MAPC also approved 22 new lots for the Wilderness Cove addition, now in its final phase.

“We’ve looked at it in relationship to subdivision regulations on lot size, lot configurations. The easements are in place. The utilities are there and we recommend approval,” Bauer told the commission.

The plat, located off South Garland, was approved and now will go to Enid City Commission for final approval.

A 10-acre piece of agricultural land south of Purdue and west of Wheatridge successfully was divided at the meeting Monday.

The commissioners approved the lot split unanimously.

MAPC meets again on Feb. 24.