By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City leaders gave the green light for a housing development on the east side.
The city council unanimously approved the final plat of The Curve development at a meeting on Jan. 10.
The Curve development is located near SE 29th St. and Westminster Rd., just north of Charity Free Will Baptist Church. It will consist of 19 duplexes and one single-family home.
Three surrounding property owners raised concerns about the project during a planning commission meeting on Dec. 6. The issues included erosion near the detention pond release points, lack of a fence along S. Westminster Rd., sidewalks and trails on SE 28th St., and a dip in the pavement on the old part of SE 28th St.
All subdivisions adjacent to an arterial roadway are required to have a wall or screening element, according to city code. Those walls should be constructed of a material that is durable and low-maintenance. The fence or wall will be installed by the developer, said Billy Harless, Midwest City community development director.
“We will get with applicant to make sure that is installed,” Harless said.
City staff visited the property last month and did not see signs of erosion. Harless said they will continue to monitor the alleged erosion throughout the development process. Harless also said the proposed sidewalks and trails are required as part of the City’s Trails Master Plan.
The pavement on SE 28th St. will be repaired as part of an upcoming bond project.
Mayor Matt Dukes asked how soon SE 28th St. will be repaired. Brandon Bundy, Director of Engineering and Construction Services, said that roadway will be included in phase four of the asphalt paving. That will be put out for bid in the next month or so and will be awarded possibly in March.
The area was rezoned from residential – manufactured home division to residential – two-family attached residential district in May of 2016. The preliminary plat was approved by the council on Sept. 27, 2016. The planning commission last month recommended approval of the final plat.