A group has filed a lawsuit in a last-ditch effort to stop a proposed commercial development, which includes a new Warren Theatre, from being built in northeast Oklahoma City.
The proposed movie theater and retail shops would be built on a plat of land at Eastern Avenue just south of the Kilpatrick Turnpike. But neighbors opposed to the idea aren’t giving up without a fight.
“The development is inappropriate for the area,” Porter Davis said.
The City Council approved the plan in March, and neighbors hope a lawsuit will stop the city and developers.
“It’s the only remedy left for us at this point,” Davis said.
He is leading the charge against the new theater and proposed retail area. He said neighbors don’t want the increase in traffic or to ruin the untouched property where the development would go.
“This area was meant to be residential, agricultural, not urban,” Davis said.
The lawsuit claims the theater and retail space go against the city’s guild for development, called Plan OKC. While city officials won’t comment on pending litigation, they did say Plan OKC is only a guideline and is not set law.
“Any property has the right to be developed,” Davis said. “The question is what is appropriate.”
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