June 24, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: June 24, 2015

Oklahoma City continues its expansion and development of new districts around downtown. These areas complement Oklahoma City’s sense of community and give its residents more housing, schools and retail options. One upcoming district under development is the Wheeler District, which covers the area from the former Downtown Airpark to the Oklahoma River.

Plans call for a nine-story Ferris wheel, originally from the Santa Monica Pier. The creation of this new district has prompted a strong resident response with valuable input on the Ferris wheel, public space and roundabouts. The district has already garnered interest from a grocer, retailers, restaurants and potential homeowners.

June 19, 2015

Progress in Northeast Oklahoma City is being made on urban renewal efforts and development along Northeast 23rd street. Read more about revitalization efforts in the following story found in the June 16 edition of the Journal Record:

Environmental tests complete on stalled King’s Crossing development

By Molly Fleming, Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – Environmental issues at 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue have slowed the King’s Crossing development. Originally expected to start construction in winter 2014, that plan was abandoned when developer Susan Binkowski of Esperanza Real Estate Investments learned more about the 22-acre site. The property was once home to a filling station and a dry cleaner, leaving contaminants in the ground. Ten acres of the site was once dumping grounds, said Oklahoma City Councilman John Pettis Jr. of Ward 7, where it is located.

June 17, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: June 17, 2015

The MAPS 3 convention center and hotel are essential parts of downtown Oklahoma City’s future. As it progresses, the city’s development of the Core to Shore district will need to move forward carefully as real estate in the area is purchased and building permits are issued.

When looking at the MAPS 3 convention center’s potential location, the city must also consider where attendees will stay for their visit. Downtown Oklahoma City’s hotel offerings continue to expand, but not all will be suitable for larger convention crowds and their diverse needs. Convention delegates can reasonably expect to stay in a full-service hotel, with amenities that help to promote the overall convention experience.

June 10, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: June 10, 2015

One of Oklahoma City’s top priorities is the well-being of its residents. The city has worked to increase and improve infrastructure, business development and quality of life. One area that is just as vital is health and wellness, which the city continues to make a priority for its residents.

Part of the Core to Shore development plan includes expanding walking trails. This helps provide residents with a healthy means of exercise through new trails for biking, running and walking. The Oklahoma River has become a hub for rowing sports, encouraging businesses and locals to participate by creating teams of all skill levels.

June 3, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: June 3, 2015

As the downtown Oklahoma City market continues to fill in vacant real estate and renovate existing buildings, developers have started to look to the outer rims of downtown. One area seeing extensive revitalization is west of downtown.

The west side is garnering some much-needed attention, coinciding with the 21C Museum Hotel development. The 134-room hotel is under construction and will feature a contemporary art museum. It is going into the old Fred Jones assembly plant with a major interior face-lift.