July 29, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: July 29, 2015

As Oklahoma City continues to grow, so does residential demand. More and more downtown housing is under construction and will soon be available to potential downtown residents. The planned Civic Center Flats will serve as a great addition to the expanding housing market. With an already high demand for rental housing, the flats are another step in providing more market options for buyers.

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority recently completed negotiations with developer Ron Bradshaw for the surface parking lot at Couch Drive and Lee Avenue to be the site of the new flats.

July 22, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: July 22, 2015

MAPS 3 is already helping Oklahoma City with attracting conferences, promoting public transit and assisting with the well-being of its citizens. While excitement grows for each new project, it is important to stop, take stock of our progress and provide an update on the continuing projects.

Through MAPS 3, the city has started many great projects to be enjoyed by residents like the streetcar system, convention center and senior wellness centers. All these projects are in different stages and, once completed, will move Oklahoma City higher up the list of destination cities.

July 15, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: July 15, 2015

Over the past several years, Automobile Alley has grown and developed into a distinct district.

Development, in the form of retail, restaurants and bars, such as Broadway 10 Bar & Chop House, Sidecar and the upcoming Twisted Spike Brewery Co., has come to the area.

July 8, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: July 8, 2015

Oklahoma summers are well-known for being anything but cool. That doesn’t keep residents from enjoying all of the outdoor activities that Oklahoma City has to offer. The city has made significant strides to improve the quality of life for its citizens by providing state-of-the-art recreation facilities and expanding its park and trail systems.

Crystal Lake, near SW 15th Street and S. MacArthur Boulevard, was once a dumping ground. Oklahoma City crews worked with local nonprofit City Care and area businesses to turn the 60-acre public lake back into a place the community can enjoy. Now nonprofit programs like City Kids Outdoors and the YMCA summer day camps utilize the lake to offer children the chance to learn fishing, archery, kayaking and team building.

July 1, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: July 1, 2015

Demand for Class A office space remains high in Oklahoma City’s Central Business District, but renovations being undertaken across downtown look to meet that demand.

Between 2007 and 2011, employment growth in the urban core was 2.2 percent, compared to 0.5 percent in the suburbs. This means more office space is necessary for increased business scope and the general growth in downtown’s economy.