|Updated: 1/28 10:52 pm
||Published: 1/28 10:51 pm
A future event facility is causing a major controversy in Jenks.
Neighbors around the future event center are concerned about alcohol, more traffic and accidents in their quiet neighborhood.
FOX23 went to Jenks, near 116th and Elm, to take a look at the problem and what the people behind the planned facility say.
This Spain Ranch in Jenks, the owners want to build an event center here on their property, but neighbors in three area surrounding neighborhoods don't want anything to do with it.
It’s a quiet area with rolling hills and beautiful homes but when neighbors got wind that one of their own was hoping to build an event center nearby, they had a big problem.
Amy Vanbrunt is a nearby neighbor who told FOX23, "to put a commercial facility at the middle or the back of all of our neighborhoods that doesn't come out to a section line road like all of the other commercial properties do in Jenks is just incompatible."
One of the biggest issues is that three neighborhoods share the same entrance and exit road, 116th street.
They worry an event center would add more unwanted traffic, drunk drivers and loud noise to the area.
Carol Worley is another concerned neighbor, "We think development is great, we just don't think this is the spot for this kind of event center."
Jenks resident Connie King, agreed, "I don't want drunks driving up and down 116th.”
You can see by this graph just how close the event center would be built to the three neighborhoods.
The family behind the planned event center says they understand their neighbor's concerns, but not to worry.
“We would require security for events that are serving alcohol over X amount of people and that would take care of the event itself and some of the people that are leaving here. We do feel it's an adequate road but we also understand the concerns of the neighboring community and we're trying to address those concerns as much as possible," said the owner of the future event center, the Spain family.
The Spain family has applied for a commercial resort permit.
The City Council voted and ended in a tie last week.
It's set to vote again Monday.