Plans submitted for 8th/Cimarron center

       The city is reviewing plans for an expanded shopping center at the northeast corner of Cimarron (Highway 24) and South Eighth streets.
       The proposal is for what's now being called Shoppes at Bear Creek (a recent working name had been “Bear Creek Plaza”). Requests to the city are for a major amendment to the 2.4-acre site's development plan and for a subdivision plat on the property. City approval would allow the construction of a second 10,000- square-foot one-story commercial building, five gas pump islands and access from Seventh Street (which currently passes through a residential area and dead-ends at an alley just north of the center).
       Renovations to the existing building (originally a Western Sizzlin' restaurant) have been going on for several weeks, with two businesses opening in its three available units. Meanwhile, plans for the added building and Seventh Street access have been under discussion with city officials.
       City Planner Heather Rose said she has sent out notifications about the proposal to residents in the vicinity, with comments being taken through Nov. 10.
       A neighborhood meeting has not been scheduled, but could be, depending on comments, she said. Her number is 385-5377.
       One of the comments that has come in already is from Sean Chambers, who lives in the nearby neighborhood. He said he has “concerns about the traffic this project will create on both Seventh Street and West Cucharras Street.”
       Expressing similar concerns this week was Donna Rountree, whose property in the 700 block of West Cucharras Street won a Spirit Award in the Landscaping category last year from the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN). She questioned why, if access is needed, it couldn't come in by extending Vermijo Street, which currently deadends a few hundred feet east of the shopping center.
       The Shoppes site is owned by a limited liability corporation established through Southwestern Commercial Properties, a local brokerage and property management firm.

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