Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

City Panel Rezones Wharf for Development

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

City Panel Rezones Wharf for Development

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Oklahoma City planners approved a rezoning request Thursday for the planned East Wharf commercial development at Lake Hefner.

The approval moves the development ahead another notch toward final approval, which is required from the Oklahoma City Council.

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust must also approve the final plans because the trust controls the land. Oklahoma City Planning Commissioners said they were concerned about several aspects of the development, which is spearheaded by Hogan Property Co. of Oklahoma City. Height restrictions, the makeup of an architectural review committee and other items appeared to concern the commission the most. The development will comprise about 5.5 acres and will be constructed with a "marina look and feel," according to Randy Hogan of Hogan Property. Hogan said his firm plans to design the development also with the feel of an Old World fishing village replete with lighthouse -- maybe. Hogan said he and his group of architects and other developers were investigating the possibility of bringing a defunct lighthouse from Newport, R.I. -- which they think is for sale. He said buying the lighthouse would not be a problem, but getting it to Oklahoma would be expensive. The preliminary plan to is to construct a two-level commercial development with observation decks on the roofs, although Hogan didn't want to rule out the buildings might need to be taller. Hogan's attorney on the deal, John Williams of Oklahoma City, said all the feedback they've received from other developers around the country is that developments near the water need to "build up instead of out." Several members of the Planning Commission expressed concerns that a three-story structure in the area would detract from the sights of Lake Hefner. Members of the commission also said they wanted to ensure that the commission was represented on the architectural review committee that Hogan must install prior to building permits being granted. …

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