LOCAL VERSUS NATIONAL
In addition to local retailers, several national and regional brands are entering the local market in both downtown and the Covell/Kelly corridor, among others. “Covell and Kelly, for example, is currently half and half with local retailers like Covell Park, Uptown Grocery, Fit Circle and national retailers like Lowe’s, Walgreens [and] Pepperoni Grill,” Weinmeister said. “Firehouse Subs recently opened at 15th and Broadway, which is a national retailer, but Aspen Coffee opened at the same intersection, which is a local coffee shop originally from Stillwater.” Downtown, however, is home to mostly local retailers. Shoppers can browse boutiques like Broadway Antique Mall, Cinnamon Bears, Tack Designs and Silver Leaf Gems. Hungry? Try local favorites like Othello’s, Evoke, venerAn enticing mix of stores fills Spring Creek Village. able cafe Around the Corner, Italian Jim’s, Café 501 and more. “We are happy to be working with this team on such a top-notch The sprawling Spring Creek Plaza shopping center at 15th and facility,” said Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks. Bryant has a healthy mix of local and national tenants. Nameplate The building will allow room for more than 100 patrol division retailers like Ann Taylor Loft, Talbots and White House/Black Marstaff, 27 members of the criminal investigations division, 23 memket fit comfortably alongside local shops such as Lucca, Tiger Lily bers of the special services division and an office for the chief of and Isabella. police with room to add a future staff of 21 in administrative roles. “Covell and Kelly has become a hot spot for retail,” Weinmeister said. In addition to police business, the center will include a Lowe’s came on the scene, followed by Walgreens and Prime 2,000-square-foot multipurpose room that will be available to the Bank. On the heels of those retailers, the area welcomed Qdoba and public. And should the lights go out, the center will be equipped Fit Circle, and will soon be home to the restaurants Covell Park – with backup generators to keep things running in the event of a loss from the owners of Guernsey Park in Oklahoma City – and Black of power. It also will include a sidewalk along First Street that runs Walnut Café, a restaurant chain based in Texas. east and west, providing pedestrian access between downtown and
PUBLIC SAFETY’S FUTURE HOME
the UCO campus to the east. The communications department will move into a space that is designed to house five members of the administrative staff along with 35 dispatchers and communications systems specialists. The department also will have an operations center that can serve as a communications hub in the event of an emergency. The ancillary building will include the property control division and its functions with evidence storage. The Technical Investigation Division will be housed in the building and will include laboratory intake, testing and processing of evidence and include a bay for crime scene vehicle storage. “The Public Safety Center should be our police headquarters for the next 50 years,” Ricks said. “It’s been in discussion my entire career with Edmond, which is now in its 11th year. This building gives us room to grow. It’s state of the art, and quite possibly will be the best police department in the country.”
Edmond is in the midst of building a new public safety center that will house the Edmond Police Department, the Public Safety Communications Department and Emergency Management functions. The 70,000-square-foot project is slated for the southeast corner of First Street and Littler. It is set for completion in mid-2015. The estimated cost for construction is $25.65 million. An additional $3.14 million is in the budget for a separate 15,000-square-foot Police Support Ancillary facility near 33rd and Broadway, plus $3.5 million to provide furniture, fixtures and equipment to both buildings. The total budget to complete the projects is estimated at $32.29 million, which is funded by a voter-approved half-cent sales tax. “The Public Safety Center that is being built downtown is great because it keeps all those jobs and services downtown,” said local attorney and former mayor Randel Shadid. Edmond police officers and public safety officials can look forward to state-of-the-art facilities that also pay tribute to the architectural history in downtown Edmond. The building will include brick and stone masonry, arched motifs and cast stone – all designed to fit seamlessly into the historic downtown landscape and set the standard for future development in the area. The architect for “[The Public Safety Center] gives us the project is Frankfurt Short Bruza, room to grow. It’s state of the art, and the contractor is Timberlake and quite possibly will be the best Construction. FSB worked with police department in the country.” consultants McClaren, Wilson and - Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks Lawrie to design the jail, which can accommodate 10 adult males and five adult females in holding cells.
FEBRUARY 2015 // SLICE 53
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