Midwest City officials say developer working on new plans for single-family housing
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A vacant plot of land on Midwest City’s east side will stay that way for now.
A developer has decided to scrap plans for a large residential development that would have included a mix of 900 single family houses and apartments, according to city officials.
Shaz Investments Group on Monday withdrew their application to rezone the property and instead plan to develop the property with single-family houses. The property is currently zoned R-6, Single Family Detached Residential. The developer has not submitted a new application and will meet with city staff next week, said Kellie Gilles, city planning manager.
The proposed Summerview development would have added more than 900 single family houses and apartments on 173 acres between E. Reno Ave. and SE 15th St., just east of Westminster Rd. A total of 364 houses are planned on the west side of the development and 560 apartments on the east portion.
The zoning request included several variances that would allow for smaller lot sizes, smaller yards, shorter setbacks from the street, and alley access for garages with the houses.
Another apartment complex is planned for property in neighboring Choctaw. The Fox Pointe at Choctaw development will include 526 one and two-bedroom units. The Choctaw City Council last month approved a specific use permit for the development.
The Summerview development drew strong pushback from residents who live near the property. They voiced concerns about issues such as increased traffic, density of the housing, storm water drainage, and the impact on schools.
Mayor Matt Dukes and council members Rick Favors and Españiola Bowen met with residents during a recent community meeting. A second meeting planned for Thursday has been canceled.
The zoning application was scheduled to be heard next month by the Planning Commission and City Council.