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New subdivision approved in Red Oak

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RED OAK - A proposed new housing preliminary plat subdivision was approved last Monday for medium priced homes in Red Oak. The subdivision, to be known as Quail Run, is scheduled to have 263 homes in a price range of $125,000 to $200,000 according to developer Clyde Hargrove.

The development is planned south of the new industrial park between the railroad tracks to the east and Methodist Rd. on the west.

Several speakers appeared before the council speaking in favor of the addition. All speakers told the council medium priced housing is not available in Red Oak. They said between $100,000 and $200,000 is considered medium priced housing.

'Employees of local businesses as well as children of long time residents can't find any homes that can be purchased to stay in the area and raise a family,' Ben Little said.

In approving the plat, the council said the homes will be on 6,500 square foot lots. The homes will have alley ways with rear-entry garages and have 75 percent brick cover.

Hargrove said his development, when completed will bring a $36 million dollar appraisal value to the city.

Besides an entrance from Methodist Rd., Hargrove said the dead end of Main Street will be opened up for a southern entrance.

During the public hearing, a Main Street resident addressed the council saying she wanted the dead end portion of the street to stay because the extension would create unwanted traffic in front of her home.

In other action, council members granted an extension to the city's teen curfew ordinance. In asking for the extension, Police Chief Doug McHam said it is a requirement the ordinance be renewed every three years. His request was the second time for the ordinance originally passed in 1994.

McHam credits the ordinance for keeping area gang influence to a minimum. 'Since the establishment of the ordinance, there have been 128 cases filed with 113 declared guilty,' he said.

The ordinance states youth ages 17 and under cannot be out unescorted by an adult between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and Midnight through 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

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