Construction pauses for The District as work continues behind the scenes

A road grader sits idle Thursday on the property scheduled to be the retail area know as The District. Construction been halted as developers await approval from the city and ODEQ on water and sewer plans. (Billy Hefton / Enid news & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — Construction is "at a holding point" for The District, an upcoming dining and entertainment development at the corner of Cleveland and Garriott, according to developer Anchored Capital 3 Investments LLC.

Things have been quiet at the site as the developer awaits approval from the city of Enid and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for its proposed sewer and water plans, said Alex Williams of Anchored Capital.

"For all the movement that occurred in a short period of time, we are now at a bit of a holding point," Williams said, adding the step must be completed before work on roads and entrances begin.

"September will look to be a quiet month as far as visual progress on the property, but there is work being done to push the project forward in the coming months," he said.

ODEQ has up to 30 days to review submitted plans before it either approves or denies them.

Another important step toward developing the district could be taken this month, depending on decisions by the city.

Given that The District sits on the former housing development Lahoma Courts, it is necessary to "replat" the property, meaning reorganize the land for different uses. Replatting can include, for example, the creation of new lot lines and the removal of others.

A pair of meetings, a Sep. 16 Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting, and a Sep. 24 city commission meeting, will determine if that replatting can go forward.

"All of the old easements, utility easements, road easements, the old lots, all that stuff will go away … if approved, and then they’ll replat it with new lots," City manager Jerald Gilbert said. "That's an important piece because it closes the old plat and it replats it with the new lots and blocks that fit with what they're trying to do in The District."

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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