Discussions underway with developer for Lahoma Courts property

City officials are in discussions with a developer interested in the Lahoma Courts property. This view is looking west at the vacant lots on B Court in Lahoma Courts on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

Discussions are ongoing with a developer who has expressed interest in the Lahoma Courts property.

Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said Realtylink Investments LLC's options have all expired. In May, the Enid City Commission voted to give a 60-day option contract for the city-owned property at Garriott and Cleveland to the South Carolina developer.

"They are no longer contenders for that project," he said.

In May, Vanhooser said the entire property was to be purchased in whole, just as Hunt Properties was going to do. A deal with Hunt Properties fell through.

City Manager Jerald Gilbert previously said both the city of Enid and Hunt Properties were unable to fulfill the agreement.

The city of Enid was unable to acquire two of the 23 properties it had agreed to purchase and ultimately sell to Hunt Properties.

In March, Vanhooser said Hunt Properties was "sort of OK" with working around those two properties.

"The city is still interested in acquiring the final two properties, but have not taken any additional action that I'm aware of," Vanhooser said last week.

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Involved in news reporting for about 15 years, I've been with the Enid News & Eagle since 2014, when my family moved to Enid to be on the family farm.

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