The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 16, 2014

Good news

Recent local development a strong sign for business

ENID, Okla. — We like the news we’ve heard recently about new business developments on the east side of the city.

One is the possible development of a 10-acre plot of land at 54th and U.S. 412. FedEx has plans to build a freight terminal and service site there.

Things still are in the early planning stages, so there aren’t many details, although FedEx and Enid Regional Development Alliance have been working together for several months.

Metropolitan Area Planning Commission will consider a rezoning request soon, changing the last from “planned industrial park” to light industrial use. Once the rezoning is approved, FedEx may submit a site plan, which will give more details about the planned facility.

Another piece of good news is the plan to renovate the old truck stop at 42nd and U.S. 412. The building has been vacant for several years.

Andy Gellar plans to turn it into a Pilot Travel Center, much like the one he operates at Choctaw’s I-40 exit.

Gellar plans to redo the building inside and out. He plans to have a Subway at the facility, and wants to extend the building 16 feet to add a second food choice.

It’s good to hear that someone wants to breathe new life into a structure that hasn’t been utilized in years, especially since it is on one of the major highways leading into city.

And, it’s good to hear of a possible use for 10 acres of land currently unused.

Enid’s economy continues to make strides, and these two developments are just more proof of that.

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