Owasso Sam's Club picks contractor for new facility
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
12/05/12 at 6:05 AM
OWASSO - Sam's Club has selected Tulsa-based Crossland Construction as general contractor for a new Sam's facility scheduled for "substantial completion" in August, City Manager Rodney Ray said Tuesday night.
Ray made his announcement during a regular meeting of the city council. Sam's Club is scheduled to award bids for road and waterline work later this week, he said.
"... Hopefully, they will be open in late August or early September, and we get the benefit of about nine or 10 months of (fiscal year) sales tax revenue from the Sam's Club," Ray said following the meeting.
In July, the city council voted 3-2 to rezone about 30 acres to accommodate a Sam's Club final plat approved in the spring.
The zoning change from agricultural to commercial shopping was greeted negatively by many Windsor Lake subdivision residents, who said the development immediately across from their neighborhood at 96th Street North would increase traffic and diminish home values and quality of life.
Operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the store will have roughly 136,000 square feet. It is expected to generate $1.8 million to $2.2 million in annual sales-tax revenue and will employ about 300 people.
The City Council unanimously approved a $4 million-plus construction agreement between the Owasso Public Works Authority and Sam's Real Estate Trust in April, paving the way for the construction of a membership-only Sam's Club store at the northeast corner of 96th Street North and 129th East Avenue.
Neighborhood meetings about the impact of the store's construction have been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 22 (Windsor Park residents), Jan. 29 (Camden Park) and Jan. 31 (Barrington Point).
Ray said residents have suggested a Windsor Lake gate that some believe will mitigate cut-through traffic in that neighborhood.
Ray said councilors could consider amending a city ordinance, allowing a gate on a public street.
"Right now, gates are allowed on private streets only," he said. "The philosophy there is that if taxpayers pay for streets, they should be able to drive on them. I don't necessarily agree with that all the time because I think there are exceptions to every rule."
Also Tuesday, councilors OK'd the hiring of EST, Inc., of Tulsa, as a consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's bridge inspection program for the city. Owasso has 20 structures that qualify as bridges according to the ODOT.
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