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Council approves move to demolish old movie theater

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Yukon City Council Tuesday voted to demolish the old Silver Cinemas building on Garth Brooks Boulevard. The movie theater closed down in 2017, officials said Friday. The site will become a landscaped parking lot. (Photo by Traci Chapman)

By Michael Pineda
Staff Writer

The city of Yukon is moving forward with the demolition of the old Silver Cinemas movie theater. 

During the city council meeting Tuesday night, the council voted 4-0 to accept a fee-in-lieu of detention in the amount of $1,000 for the demolition of the structure at 1150 Garth Brooks Boulevard. In its place, there will be a new parking lot with landscaping. Council member Aric Gilliland was absent from the meeting. 

“I want to say, I will miss the theater,” Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton said. “I wish they could have done something with it.”

The Silver Cinemas – Movies 5 building spans 22,000 square feet on the south end of Chisholm Shopping Center. It closed five years ago. 

The council also approved another structure for demolition. In another 4-0 vote, the board voted to declare a residence at 520 Cedar Ave. a dilapidated property and demolish it. Council member Rodney Zimmerman said at one time there had been an effort to renovate the property. Assistant City Manager Mitch Hort said the owners opted not to proceed with the remodel due to the state of disrepair.

ROAD WORK

In terms of road projects, the council approved a contract with TEIM Design to develop final plans for a waterline relocation. The project is taking place in conjunction with Oklahoma City storm sewer improvements. One contract is to lower the waterline in 15 locations for a project widening SW 29th Street from Rockwell Avenue to MacArthur Boulevard to four lanes. The cost of contract is not to exceed $25,031. 

Another project will lower the waterline at one location, as well as a possible 200 linear feet of waterline relocation to accommodate a proposed storm sewer for a widening of SW 29th Street west of Morgan Road. The waterlines are used to transport water from Yukon’s wells, which are located off of Council Road in Oklahoma City.  

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REZONING APPROVED

A line item was approved for repair work on the Yukon Avenue Street approach onto Garth Brooks Boulevard. The purpose of the work is to provide a smoother transition. The project with Brewer Construction will not exceed $20,556.40.  

The council also approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission to rezone 9th Street and Kali Avenue from R-2, Combined Residential District. to C-3, Restricted Commercial District. 

There are 10 lots, six of which are zoned residential and four zoned light commercial. The purpose of the request by Rack Property Group, LLC, was to have another lot zoned commercial to have two properties of equal value. During the planning commission meeting, the commission was informed current plans call for five businesses. The residential part will consist of 1,240 square foot duplexes. They will not be Section 8 housing. 

MAIN STREET

The council approved an annual resolution of support for the Main Street program. The resolution is a demonstration of continued support for Main Street, which participates in the Oklahoma Main Street program under the state Department of Commerce. With approval, the city supports participation in the program for 2022 through 2023.

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