City Leadership Eye More Big Changes After Busy 2017Jan 10, 2018
Residents of Moore saw numerous changes and improvements all across the city in 2017. City Manager Brooks Mitchell said a lot of projects were completed but notes that residents will see more changes in the year to come. One of the bigger projects will be the mixed-use development to be located at SW 17th and Janeway, also known as “Royal Park.” In December, the City Council approved contract negotiations with the Belmont Development Group to create a final concept for the project.
“This is a project is being funded to a large degree by HUD,” said Mitchell. “That means that about 80% of the development will be for low-to-moderate income and the rest will be market-rate housing.”
Mitchell said city leaders are excited about partnering with Belmont Development on this important project. Belmont is expecting to present a final concept for the project within 30 days.
“They've done several of these types of projects so they had some really nice drawings of what the project might look like,” said Mitchell.
Another project in that same area will be the connection of SW 17th to Max Morgan Drive. Mitchell said a new bridge will be built over the drainage channel, completing some significant street upgrades in the area.
“We’ve expanded and resurfaced Telephone Road in that area,” said Mitchell, “And people will notice that we’ve installed a signal at 17th and Telephone Road, even though it hasn’t been turned on yet. We hope to complete the project by connecting 17th to Max Morgan Drive with a new bridge over the drainage channel.”
The City of Moore also completed resurfacing 19th Street between Eastern and Sunnylane as well as repairing drainage channels in the Southgate addition and Nail Parkway neighborhoods in 2017. Mitchell noted these are significant upgrades for city residents while acknowledging that another high-profile project is expected to begin construction in 2018.
“We’re really excited about the plans for the 34th Street bridge,” said Mitchell. “The Council has approved the art design for the bridge and submitted those plans to ODOT for final review. We’re hoping they’ll approve those plans sometime in March and construction would then start sometime in April.”
The project features a unique sidewalk and lighted arch design that will mark the transition between Moore and Norman for travelers along I-35.
“The unique design will serve to let people driving north on I-35 know when they get to Moore,” said Mitchell. “Of course, there will also be a sign at the bridge marking the city limit, but we believe folks will be struck by the arch design and we’re thrilled about that.”
Construction on Fire Station #2, located on 5th Street adjacent to Fairmoore Park, will also begin in 2018. When completed, the new fire station will bring all of the city’s stations into a unified and modern design.
“The old Fire Station #2 on 12th street is about 40 years old and outdated,” said Mitchell. “This new building and location will be great for the community because equipment has gotten bigger and the new station will accommodate that.”
Finally, Mitchell said city leaders are very excited about the continued upgrades to the Moore parks system.
“It’s very meaningful to have these projects finished,” said Mitchell, “It’s great for the quality of life, and all of the park projects give people a variety of things that can do and enjoy.”
Among the park projects Mitchell referred to was the renovation and reopening of the new Fairmoore Park, which includes a new splash pad.
“The sidewalks are in and the new playground equipment is there,” said Mitchell, “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the splash pad finished during the warm season, but it will be ready to go next spring when the temperatures warm up.”
A new splash pad a Little River Park was opened in time for families to take advantage of during the summer of 2017. Mitchell said that improvements to city parks will continue to be a priority in 2018 and beyond.
Mitchell said, “We're continuing to put thought into expanding her parks system and doing other things to keep everything fresh and to continue to keep it attractive for citizens.”