July 16, 2014
by Steve Lackmeyer  Published: July 16, 2014


The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is moving forward with plans to solicit development bids for the downtown block that is home to several major arts groups and the annual Festival of the Arts, but is also cautioning developers those tenants’ futures must be considered in any proposal.

July 11, 2014

On Friday, President of The Alliance for Economic Development of Greater Oklahoma City, Cathy O'Connor met with Steve Lackmeyer of the Oklahoman to take questions from more than 300 participants across the city.

The two discussed topics ranging from the downtown parking situation to her thoughts on the Midtown renaissance. To find out what was asked and how Cathy responded, visit the Oklahoman's website to read the full transcription.

June 29, 2014
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 29, 2014

When officials with Cabela’s recently made their first presentation to the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust, they were treated to a round of compliments capped with a playful debate between City Council members Pat Ryan and Larry McAttee over the location of the store.

Hostile questions and accusations of extortion voiced just a week earlier by Ed Shadid in response to a $3.5 million incentives deal for the outdoor goods retailer were not to be heard, though Shadid quietly sat in on the presentation.

John Castillo, corporate affairs manager at Cabela’s, spent 25 minutes telling the economic development trust members about the retailer’s history and bragged about the stores’ products, staff and customer amenities.

June 27, 2014
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 27, 2014

Site clearance is set to start next month for Midtown’s second large housing development, a $42 million, 329-unit apartment complex to be built at the northwest corner of NW 10 and Shartel Avenue.

The complex, LIFT, is being developed by Indianopolis-based Milhaus, and is the company’s first investment in Oklahoma. The development is being started as the first apartments are set to open nearby at The Edge, at NW 13 and Walker Avenue, a 250-unit complex being built by Gary Brooks. LIFT will include a 445-space parking garage and 4,700-square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the four- to five-story complex.

June 21, 2014
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 21, 2014

Two development groups with very different visions are bidding to acquire land owned by the Oklahoma City Urban Authority surrounding the historic Page-Woodson school in northeast Oklahoma City.

New Page LLC., led by developer Ron Bradshaw, already owns the school and is seeking to build 464 residences on the 12 acres at NE 4 and Kelley Avenue. Bradshaw proposes paying $900,000 for the land. He also wants to apply for $950,000 in tax increment financing to reconstruct the street grid on the site so that High Street and Stonewall Avenue can be extended to NE 4, and NE 5 can be connected to Kelley Avenue.