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Fuel station, drive-through pharmacy planned

The City Planning Commission has recommended a rezoning that would bring a drive-through pharmacy and fueling station to a 15-acre tract in southwest Lawton.

SW 38th and Lee
Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to change flood plain and single-family zoning to C-5 General Commercial District (the least restrictive commercial zoning) for land at the northeast corner of Southwest 38th Street and West Lee Boulevard. The vacant tract  which totals 14.9828 acres  has been gradually built up in recent years, but continues to hold an F Floodplain District zoning on about three-fourths of the total acreage. The remaining land on the north end of the site is zoned R-1 Single-Family Dwelling District, the most restrictive residential zoning.

Senior Planner Debbie Dollarhite said city planners recommended the rezoning on the condition that the developer obtain a special flood hazard permit or submit a letter of map revision (due to fill) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, showing that the property is out of the special flood hazard area. City officials say the tract is located within the flood fringe.

42,000-square-foot retail development; 95-100 jobs

In their rezoning application, developers have said they plan to build a retail store with pharmacy and fuel pumps on the south portion of the plot. H. McNeish, director of planning and entitlement for Millennium Venture Group Inc., went a step further Thursday: While noting he cannot name the retailer until the agreement is finalized, he said the tenant would provide fresh groceries, common household goods and a drive-through pharmacy in the 42,000 square foot building, and fuel station on the outer perimeter along West Lee Boulevard. The development also will bring 95-100 permanent jobs, McNeish said.

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