A proposal to rezone a tract of land in the Grove city limits for commercial purposes died Tuesday after the measure failed to receive a second motion.
Oklahoma State Bank in Vinita requested to rezone the property that sets near Graymart Corner, a former garage and service station.
Eight residents voiced their opposition during the hourlong public hearing to rezoning the property, citing increased traffic, safety, too many unused vacant buildings and the lack of building plans for the site.
“We have to look at this from all standpoints,” said Mayor Ed Trumbull. “We have to look at all the issues - we have to protect the property rights of everyone.”
The Planning and Zoning Board voted 4-0 earlier this month to approve the zoning request and forward the proposal to the city council for their approval.
City Manager Bill Keefer told the audience referring to a real estate saying, “You don’t own the view - if want the view, you have to buy the view.”
“We have heard the concerns of the neighborhood,” said Eddy Allensworth, Oklahoma State Bank Chief Executive Officer and president.
The current zoning, R-2, could allow for duplexes or low-income housing, he said.
The property is in foreclosure status and the bank is not in the position of owning property, he said.
“We fully intend to liquidate the property if it is not sold,” Allensworth said.
“I understand a lot of the residents’ concerns, said Karen Kyman, potential property owner. “I will take good care of it (the property.)”
Kyman said she has no plans for site development but wanted the land as a retirement investment. She also owns property near the proposed site and said she is interested in the property only if it can be rezoned.
“Please listen to what we say,” said Zach Hamilton. “The (Planning) and Zoning Board didn’t listen.”
Several families have children, he said.
“It’s a nice comfortable neighborhood and you want to come in and ruin it,” Hamilton said.
“What will this do to property values,’ said Sarah Lovelady.
Lovelady, who lives on south Delaware Street, questioned whether rezoning to a commercial status could devalue property values.
“The streets can’t handle the traffic,” said Kathy Schumacher. “Some of the asphalt is 16 to 17-years-old.”
Schumacher took the council to task over the way the Planning and Zoning Board treated the residents during the Aug. 14 meeting.
“I was told by Steve Ward ‘we have to get on with the city’s business. I don’t care about you,’” Schumacher said, who lives on south Delaware Street.
“The way this was handled – it might have been legal, but it wasn’t moral,” Schumacher said.
“Many of us are not happy,” said Cody Waggoner, who lives on north Delaware Street.
Most of the complaints centered on Kyman’s lack of plans for the lots.
“There is no clear plan,” Waggoner said.
“My concern is there is already a lot of vacant commercial properties – we don’t to add to the vacant properties,” said Lindsey Waggoner.
Steve Thomas, whose home is right across the street from the property, told the council he has five children and cited the problems with increased traffic and increased lighting from a commercial business.
In other business, the council adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act self-evaluation and transition plan.
Also approved was a $19,000 change order for the City Hall Parking Lot Improvement project. The new contract price is $318, 819.50.
The council appointed Trumbull as a representative to serve on the Economic Development Services Agreement Oversight Committee.
The next meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Grove Community Center, Room 5.
Did You Know?
The Grove City Council, along with city staff, will host a work session at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss issues surrounding medical marijuana and alcoholic liquor.
The meeting will take place in Room 5 of the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove.