Council approves lease of park for apartment complex
A proposal to lease 3.5 acres of city park land to a private developer won City Council approval this week, but only if the developer wins tax credits to pursue its plan to build affordable housing for senior citizens on the site.
The proposal, submitted by Cornerstone Associates, would create a senior citizen apartment complex in O.H. Arnold Park, a 15.27-acre park located northeast of downtown Lawton near the Patterson Community Center. The park is a popular venue for community-wide events, and its location is exactly why Cornerstone is interested in building a three-story, 42-unit, 47,200-square-foot complex that is being billed as affordable housing for independent seniors (meaning, they don’t need care) who are age 55 and older. The park is located north of Dr. Louis K. Jones Avenue and east of Albert Johnson Sr. Avenue, and is adjacent to two stable residential neighborhoods, in addition to the community center and a church.