City approves Lahoma Courts sale; theater, steak house planned

Kyle Williams will buy the Lahoma Courts property from the city of Enid and plans to build a movie theater, Colton's Steak House & Grill and Jiffy Trip on the land. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — Enid city commissioners approved Thursday the sale of the Lahoma Courts property to Kyle Williams, who has plans for a movie theater, Colton's Steak House & Grill and Jiffy Trip on the land.

The commission approved the $2.1 million-plus purchase of 25 properties in Lahoma Courts, at the intersection of Cleveland and Garriott, by a 5-0 vote, with Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson and Ward 6 Commissioner George Pankonin absent. Enid City Commission then convened into executive session at the end of the meeting "to consider a redevelopment proposal and sale of property for the southeast corner of Garriott and Cleveland."

Upon reconvening in regular session, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a development sale agreement with Williams. After the commission meeting, the city announced two retail deals for the property — a Jiffy Trip and a Colton's Steak House & Grill just south of the Jiffy Trip. City officials said other projects are being worked on and will be announced in the future.

Later Thursday, in a Facebook post, the city stated a new movie theater has been proposed for the property.

According to City Manager Jerald Gilbert, the city will receive $1.35 million for Lahoma Courts and $2.048 million in infrastructure improvements to support the development.

"This is the best deal we have been offered in this property," Ward 3 Commissioner Ben Ezzell said. "It is going to bring a lot to the heart of Enid ... this is going to be a really fantastic project and I am confident that Williams is going to do a really good job."

Aside from one property, the city has completed acquisition of the entire Lahoma Courts site. The final property is owned by Melvin and Sonya Key, an employee of the city.

"We finally got some progress done (on this), it's been sitting for a very very long time," Ward 4 Commissioner Jonathan Waddell said. "There's going to be lots announcements coming here over the next few weeks and months, so I'm looking forward to it. This is a great, great, great deal."

Williams said he's excited to develop the property and improve Enid. He added his team includes Alex Williams, Don Rose and Jeff Helm, and that they're local people invested in the community.

"We're going to do our best, that after the closing, we'll begin immediately ... we think we can facilitate a speedy improvement to facility the whole property and we're excited," Williams said. "We're going to bring some new businesses, some new entertainment venues we believe will be coming as well, so we couldn't be more excited."

Prior to the city's purchase of the 25 properties Thursday night, Westside Builders Inc. had owned the properties.

Westside Builders, Inc., located at 900 W. Maple in Enid, is registered to N.H. "Bud" Nicholas, according to the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The company owns seven properties in the state, including Sunset Plaza, Broadway Plaza and La Mesa West in Enid.

"After several unsuccessful efforts with previous developers and an effort to work out a land swap with Westside Builders Inc., it has been determined to be in the best interest of the City to purchase the 25 properties from Westside Builders, Inc. at a cost of $2,116,800.00, or less than $85,000.00 per property," according to the city.

Along with the purchase contract approval, Enid Municipal Authority and Enid Economic Development Authority both voted unanimously to transfer $2.25 million from EMA to to Enid Economic Development Authority to make the the 25-property purchase.

According to its website, Colton's Steak House & Grill found its roots in 1996 with a vision to "open a steak house anyone could walk into and feel at home, have fun, relax, eat delicious food, and enjoy excellent service in an atmosphere with the feel of the 'American West."

The first location opened in Conway, Ark., and the company now has locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

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Miller is the city of Enid and area reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @Ryanm_reporter. He can be reached at rmiller@enidnews.com.

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