September 30, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 30, 2015

There are a number of new renovations taking place throughout Oklahoma City, and Bricktown is no exception to this trend. With plans for new office buildings and redevelopments of existing buildings, Bricktown is one of the fastest growing districts in the city.

The Rock Island Plow Building, 29 E. Reno Ave., has sat abandoned at the center of Bricktown for years. However, it is now undergoing redevelopment by Richard McKown, who recently installed new windows in the five-story building. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects drafted the plans for the renovations, which will include internal and external updates. This building will be a valuable addition to the Bricktown office space scene.

September 23, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 23, 2015

Community involvement is essential in city development. Having neighborhood residents’ input about what they would like to see in their neighborhoods, retail space and park areas truly shapes and progresses growth. Embracing this emphasis on community involvement, Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis is hosting a town hall meeting on economic development on Sept. 29 that will specifically affect northeast Oklahoma City residents.

Pettis is providing a way for the public to voice their opinions on developmental matters and has worked with the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City in discussing change with community leaders. Pettis’ efforts in creating a tax increment finance district and an urban renewal blight declaration have aided in redevelopment of neglected areas of northeast Oklahoma City, including plans to build a grocery store and residential area at NE 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Avenue.

September 16, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 16, 2015

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority recently released its 54th-annual report, and it verified what residents of the city have known for a long time – the city is making great progress. From new apartment complexes to renovated parking space and brand-new schools, OKC is experiencing a surge in growth and development.

In the Cultural District at 500 W. Sheridan Ave., John W. Rex Elementary School just began its second year of operation. This downtown public charter elementary school commenced in May of 2013 and opened for enrollment by August 2014. The school hosts pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and will add fifth- and sixth-grade classes over the next two years.

September 9, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 9, 2015

Oklahoma City’s retail market is booming. Major chains are coming to the area and providing great retail options. Because of the city’s continued dedication to bettering the quality of life for its residents, major companies are coming with the new retailers. That means more jobs created right here in Oklahoma City in multiple industries.

Boeing recently broke ground on its research facility, its third structure in Oklahoma City. The 290,000-square-foot facility will add 900 jobs to Boeing’s campus near Tinker Air Force Base. Not only does this further the aircraft sustainment industry, it also boosts Oklahoma City’s economy.

September 2, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 2, 2015

Retailers consider many factors when choosing a new location. Demographics, density and growth are major influences on site research, and several cities are compared when vying for new retailers in their market. Instead of being compared to Tulsa, the debate of Dallas versus Oklahoma City is always part of the discussion.

Our southern neighbor has long been a big attractor for retail chains. When choosing between Dallas and Oklahoma City, there are some similarities and differences, like size. Dallas’ metro area has about 6 million people, whereas Oklahoma City’s is a little over 1 million, which brings both pros and cons.