Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Brick by Brick: Developers Look to Prairie and See the Future

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Brick by Brick: Developers Look to Prairie and See the Future

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On dirt hills dotted with a smattering of houses, Dee Greninger looked over the first phase of Iron Horse Ranch and said it's really going to be something. He should know.

With several golf and residential communities under his belt around the nation, including Gaillardia, Greninger came on board as general managing partner with Tulsa's Iron Horse Development in July 2005 to oversee an ambitious project in north Edmond.

He said the original focus was on a 12-acre area where a 24-lot development was planned by the family that owned the land. When the group acquired the property in 2005, the focus was on how to expand the project into a planned community.

One of the first steps was talking with the Edmond Public Schools to find spots for three proposed new schools to meet the needs of future residents with children.

Plans call for the construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school east of the first two phases of development to be competed in the next few years.

Centennial Elementary is set for completion by August 2007 with the middle school projected for completion by 2009.

A proposed high school could eventually be across Interstate 35 south of Coffee Creek Road.

Greninger said the company undertook the ambitious project hoping to eventually create a community where residents could live, work, shop and send their kids to school.

"We try to find a niche in the market and meet the demands of the young professional family," he said.

On a flat dirt hill overlooking a shallow pond, Greninger pointed out where a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse would open onto a pool and a small lake. The area around the lake will feature green areas and walking trails that Greninger said will lend to an upscale resort feel.

"We felt it was important to up the amenities," he said.

Greninger said the competed clubhouse will rival that of any golf club or resort. …

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