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Residents worried about new Claremore development

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 19:18:55-04

CLAREMORE, Okla. — A nearly $20 million, four-story multi-use development is expected to make its home in Claremore in the coming years.

Shana Virgil and her family moved into their home near Frederick and Flint Roads nearly 8 months ago.

“We got out here because we wanted to be in a nice, safe neighborhood where there wasn’t a lot of problems with apartment complexes," Virgil said. "In Tulsa, you can’t get away from them.”

A new four-story retail and apartment development is expected to move in right behind Virgil’s neighborhood, something she said will only add to the problems she already deals with.

“We get kids from across the way that come out here and they’ll clog up the streets and you’ll hear them at 2 o’clock in the morning bumping their cars and everything,” Virgil said.

John Feary is with the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority and he said he understands why some residents are hesitant. But also, he adds, as Claremore continues to grow, more multi-level housing is needed.

“We have a lot of global manufacturers in this community and some of their population workforce is transient," Feary said. "They may be here 18 months, 2 years, something along those lines.”

Feary said projects like this are important and if they don’t continue, it could be a setback for the progress of their community.

"We’re excited about projects like this," Feary said. "I think here in Claremore, you’re going to see a lot more of this stuff start happening, quality developments. We’re holding them to a higher standard and they want to meet that standard because they see the benefit to being in this community."

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