By Conrad Dudderar
In her recent State the City address, Yukon’s top city administrator pointed to the outstanding performance of two new Yukon businesses – Atwood’s Farm & Ranch and Fuzzy’s Tacos.
Both companies have reported record sales for their new Yukon stores since opening in the West End Pointe development, north of N.W. 10th between Garth Brooks Boulevard and Cornwell.
Nothing Bundt Cakes is another incoming Yukon business, with more to come.
Some Yukon city leaders have endorsed a redevelopment plan proposed by David Jones Commercial Real Estate for the old co-op building north of Main Street.
“We have someone who wants to bring in $200 million to Yukon,” Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar said at the May 13th Yukon Chamber membership luncheon. “That’s incredible.”
Other communities are trying to entice Jones with incentives, but the developer wants to bring this project to Yukon because he grew up and graduated high school here.
“He only wants to help our community … We desperately need him to come to Yukon and build a new development,” Kretchmar told the audience. “It’s imperative to our sales tax, it’s imperative to the growth of Yukon.”
Yukon’s city manager noted that “Oklahoma City is building all around us” including major retail centers south of 10th Street.
She believes it is important to bring new development to Yukon’s downtown. Jones’ proposal is still in the planning stages.
“He is going to help our community so much,” said Kretchmar, noting the city’s tight finances. “That’s what we need right now.”
Yukon Chamber CEO Pam Shelton told audience members the proposed Main Street development would increase property tax revenues for that site from about $10,000 to an estimated $1-$2 million annually.
That would provide a great boost to the Yukon school district, she noted.
ADAPTING TO COVID
Kretchmar thanked Yukon citizens, businesses and city employees who “made a lot of sacrifices,” “stayed strong” and “made it through” a year of COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns.
Public access to city buildings was restricted and customers were required to wear face masks inside Yukon businesses for an extended period.
Several City of Yukon departments adapted.
For example, the Mabel C. Fry Public Library began offering virtual programming and Yukon Mobile Meals never skipped a beat – continuing to provide meals to elderly and homebound residents.
Until recently, city employees and visitors were required to wear masks in city-owned buildings. The City of Yukon installed sanitation stations in its buildings and during events to protect employees and the public.
During her State of the City talk, Yukon’s city manager described two key capital projects.
- State Highway 4: The first phase of this state transportation project, between Wagner and Wilshire, has been finished. Three bridges were replaced with a one large bridge and the road was resurfaced widened with shoulders. Water and sewer utility relocation is underway for phase two, which will be between Main Street and Wagner.
- Interstate 40/Frisco Road Interchange: Kretchmar reported the project is ahead of schedule with an estimated August completion. City officials expect the new interchange to spur economic development on both sides of I-40 along Frisco Road. The Archdiocese owns some land south of the future Frisco Road exit that Yukon city officials have been eyeing for several years to recruit new businesses.