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1950s Norman neighborhood could disappear

From Tulsa World:

NORMAN — Some Norman residents fear the city could lose a quaint part of the community if a 1950s neighborhood is razed to make room for a 4.2-acre apartment complex.


Developers want to build 555 apartments that would include 915 beds. A parking garage would be built in the middle of the complex.


The site is within walking distance of the University of Oklahoma campus.


Chris Elsey of The Prime Company said the planned complex would be desirable to students who want to live near the school, as well as to young professionals, retirees and university employees.


The project would likely be developed in three phrases and that construction would finish in fall 2018, he said.


The Norman Planning Department held an informational meeting regarding the proposed complex Thursday night, according to the Norman Transcript (


Much of the area in question includes rental properties owned by six different people. Elsey said the owners have indicated his firm can buy the 26 residences.


Some residents of the neighborhood raised concerns about losing the homes and large trees to the four-story apartment complex, which they believe wouldn’t be a good fit in the area.