Reinventing Mustang

This artist rendering was one of many posted for viewing at the city’s charrette. The drawing shows a possible gateway into Mustang.

This artist rendering was one of many posted for viewing at the city’s charrette. The drawing shows a possible gateway into Mustang.

Info. meeting reveals preliminary ideas, citizens should plan now to attend next meeting in November

A public meeting to discuss Mustang’s future was filled with talk of gateways, concepts, tree, trails and more as the city’s continues its work on a new comprehensive plan.

On the evening of Oct. 6, community members were able to hear the results from a two-day planning charrette the city hosted along with the Halff Associates, and ADG.

Several possible concepts, focusing on various areas of the city, were presented. This was after two days of input received from residents about the concepts and other ideas about what the city’s future could look like.

One ideas included building a new hierarchy of gateways at the city’s major entrances such as 59th and 89th Streets, as well as State Highway 152. This will include revamping the city’s entry points with trees and plants.

Another possible gateway in Mustang being discussed as part of the city's efforts to draft a new comprehensive plan.

Another possible gateway in Mustang being discussed as part of the city’s efforts to draft a new comprehensive plan.

Adding a downtown, Main Street or village concept was also discussed.

Speakers gave examples of other cities where such successful additions have been made in Midwest City and Suwanee, Georgia.

Building connecting pathways to the centrally located Pebble Creek Golf Course was proposed, as was adding new amenities to Wildhorse Park such as an amphitheater.

The five concepts focused on changes to 1) SH-152 and Mustang Road, 2) Sara and 89th, 3) the golf course, 4) Town Center and 5) Morgan Road and SH-152.

Speakers said the new traffic to be generated from when the turnpike extension is built should be captured with more activity on Morgan Road and 152 to bring people into Mustang.

“There will be an increase of people, activity and retail in that area,” a planning representative said. “It’s gonna happen.”

Community Development Director Melissa Helsel was pleased that residents participated and hopes even more attend the next planning meeting on Nov. 17.

The planning charrette is part of the city’s project to update its comprehensive plan, which has not been touched since 2003. The goal of “Imagine Mustang” is to set the tone for how the city will develop, grow and change over the next several years.

“With the continued growth of Mustang, it is imperative that we have a clear road map of what we need to do for the future of our community,” said Mustang Mayor Jay Adams.

Already, citizens have been providing input for the plan via surveys sent out in utility bills and also at a recent Western Days festival booth.

For more information, visit www.imaginemustang.com or call Melissa Helsel, community development director at 376-7707.

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