Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mesta Park Gets OK for Historical Preservation District

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mesta Park Gets OK for Historical Preservation District

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Mesta Park Neighborhood has been approved by the Oklahoma City Planning Commission to be established as a Historical Preservation District.

The Historical Preservation and Landmark Commission is expected to review and make its recommendation during its May 4 meeting. Consideration must also be made by the Oklahoma City Council.

The application before the planning commission was filed by the City of Oklahoma City to rezone the Mesta Park Neighborhood located south of NW 23rd St. and east of N. Western Ave. from the R-1-UC single-family residentialurban conservation district into the HP historical preservation-urban conservation district. Mesta Park covers about 150 acres, the majority of which is zoned residential. Some of it has been zoned for commercial.

The rezoning application was the product of a 20-month planning process involving more than 21 meetings between the neighborhood and staff.

Purpose of the application was to protect the historical and architectural resources in the Mesta Park Neighborhood. On May 24, 1983, the city council adopted the Mesta Park Urban Conservation District and the downzoning of the area to single-family residential. That same year, the area was selected for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

During its meeting Thursday the planning commission also approved the ordinance on the final hearing amending the Mesta Park Urban Conservation District Ordinance in a section of Article XXI of Chapter 59 of the Oklahoma City Municipal Code 1980.

On other items the planning commission: Approved an application by Otis and Ruth Carey to rezone 2241 SE 40th St. from the I-2 moderate industrial district to the PUD planned unit development district. The property is 4.6 acres. Approved an application by Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma to rezone 3745 NW 19th St. from the R-1 single-family residential district to the SPUD simplified planned unit development district. The property is planned to be used with the Congregate Care Housing and Convalescent Home uses permitted on property to the west. Approved an application by John D. Flores for an ABC-1 alcoholic beverage consumption, restaurant with limited alcohol district overlaying the C-3 community commercial district, located at 1524 SE 15th St. Approved an application by Cheng Du Restaurant for an ABC-1 alcoholic beverage consumption, restaurant with limited alcohol district overlaying the C-3 community commercial district located at 2743 Northwest Expressway. Approved an application by Sheridan Associates to close all of the platted east-west alley in Block 30, Military Addition, located north of E. Sheridan Ave. and west of S. Oklahoma Ave. Approved an application by the City of Oklahoma City to close all of S. Meridian Ave. from SW 67th St. to SW 104th St., all of SW 59th St. from S. MacArthur Blvd. to a point one half mile east of S. Meridian Ave., all of SW 74th St. from S. MacArthur Blvd. to S. Portland Ave. and all of SW 89th St. from S. MacArthur Blvd. to S. Portland Ave. located at Will Rogers World Airport.

Closing and vacating these streets would permit additional signs and barriers to be located at several locations to improve control and security around the airport property, the staff report said. Approved an application by Ronald L. Berryhill to close a portion of the 10-foot utility easement located in lot 20, block 4, Greenbriar Kingsridge Section 4, located at 1332 SW 111th Place. The purpose of the request is to allow for a storage building and greenhouse. Approved an application by Teddy Joe Bivens to close the west 200 feet of the platted 20 foot east-west alley in block 17, South Park Addition, located north of SW 14th St. and east of S. Robinson Ave. Approved a one-year extension of the final plat of Sleepy Hollow Hills Second Addition, Phase II, located south of SE 89th St. …

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