May 20, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 20, 2015

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust and City Council recently approved a combined $7.2 million in incentives for Boeing Co. and Paycom Inc. These economic development incentives will be used to expand the two companies’ facilities within the state and provide new jobs for the city. The city has spent more than a year working closely with the two companies to negotiate their future growth here.

The incentive for Boeing demonstrates how OKC is growing as an international player and gaining recognition for its business-friendly practices. Boeing’s response to the incentive is to build a new $80 million, 290,000-square-foot facility near its current plant. The expansion is projected to have an economic impact of about $640 million.

May 14, 2015

By Steve Lackmeyer, published in The Oklahoman, May 14, 2015.

The former Page Woodson School at 600 N High Ave. in Oklahoma City will house 68 apartments.

Page Woodson School
Oklahoma Archives Photo Paul Hellstern

A $25 million redevelopment of the former Page Woodson School in northeast Oklahoma City is set to begin this summer and will include a restoration of the auditorium that once hosted jazz legend Duke Ellington.

Developer Ron Bradshaw bought the dormant school, 600 N High Ave., from Oklahoma City Public Schools in December 2013. He won approval for the project Wednesday from the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, and previously from the National Park Service, which oversees renovations of properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Plans call for conversion of the school into 68 affordable apartments, with another 68 units in a new apartment building to be designed by architect Hans Butzer.

May 12, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 12, 2015

Downtown Oklahoma City is experiencing great, sustained growth. While downtown housing, commercial business, retail, restaurants and entertainment continue to see a renaissance, the outer rims of downtown look to experience this same growth.

One area outside of downtown that is experiencing important development is the Innovation District, which includes the Oklahoma Health Center. Oklahoma City is in discussions on how to better connect this district with downtown and be a part of improvements set to occur soon.

May 6, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: May 6, 2015

Bricktown is in the heart of Oklahoma City’s entertainment district and is experiencing new and continuing development. In April, Bricktown unveiled its new logo, which will be displayed on light poles, maps, brochures and on the district’s website. The new logo replaces the old logo used for the past 12 years.

The Bricktown Canal, sidewalks and streets will also get a face-lift. Through tax increment financing, the city was able to provide $1.4 million for repairs. Bricktown serves as a corridor to other parts of Oklahoma City and the repairs and renovations will provide a fresh look for visitors.

April 29, 2015

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

Oklahoma City is experiencing a prolonged and fruitful rebirth as many areas of the city have been given new life and purpose. While new development continues, certain locations around the city still require attention and revitalization.

Northeast Oklahoma City is one such area due to its underdevelopment and need for future economic opportunities. A recent study further shows the area experiences other difficulties regarding properties, unemployment and population retention.