Claremore Daily Progress

November 20, 2013

Deer Run expansion moves forward

City Council approves zoning change for Phase II

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Deer Run Apartments will be expanding their complex, following approval of a zoning change Monday night by the Claremore City Council.

The zoning change request for 13.52 acres, east of the existing apartments, is from Commercial High District — Planned Unit Development and Agricultural District to Residential Multi-Family District.

The approval will allow for the construction of the second phase of Deer Run — an additional 140 apartment units, according to city planner Jill Ferenc.

“A public hearing was held on Oct. 15. One property owner spoke in opposition in regards to traffic generated by increased development,” Ferenc said.

The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval by the council.

“The character of the surrounding area includes a mix of land uses, including high-intensity commercial, multi-family residential, single-family residential and agricultural land,” Ferenc said. “It is consistent with the comprehensive plan.”

The preliminary plat has been approved. Ferenc said there will be three points of access to Phase II, including internally from the existing complex and a new road the developer will build to the north.

Kim Fugate with Lindsey Management Co., Inc., owners of Deer Run, said the complex has been near 100 percent capacity for many years.

“There has been a waiting list for quite some time,” he said.

The new apartments will have a “nicer” look, Fugate said, with 75 percent brick facades and more covered porches.

Like the current complex, each building will contain 12 units — eight two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments.

He said construction time is generally calucated as one day per unit.

“We won’t start construction for another four to six months,” Fugate said, “but with 144 units, you can count on about 144 days to completion once we get started.”