November 18, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: November 18, 2015

In this day and age, learning to be versatile and multi-task is a necessity. Multiuse is the new buzzword.

This goes for technology to job descriptions to buildings. More and more development is turning to mixed use. These buildings include retail, office space, apartments and more.

November 11, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: November 11, 2015

Oklahoma City continues to expand and improve its infrastructure, development and amenities. Residents and visitors are able to enjoy more restaurants and entertainment venues. They are migrating to work and live downtown. Soon the city will start construction on the new MAPS 3 streetcar, bringing a unique public transportation aspect that will offer relief to underserved parking areas.

The continued influx of people has created a strain on available parking. The city has made strides to improve offerings and will continue to do so in conjunction with the streetcar development. Parking has been a concerning factor for downtown, especially in the Central Business District. Bricktown has implemented a pay-to-park system; Midtown followed in certain areas. Space is still an issue, but measures are being taken to alleviate the problem.

November 4, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: November 4, 2015

Good infrastructure is always a need for any city.

Oklahoma City is planning on adding several skyscrapers to its skyline. While those buildings are in the planning stage, several other historic buildings are nearing completion of their renovations, ready to join the office space availability in the city.

October 28, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: October 28, 2015

Throughout this past year, there have been several new developments in Oklahoma City’s residential space. Many of these, such as the Lift Apartments, are approaching opening day for their first tenants and many more developments are being proposed. These developments help entice new residents with affordable, high-quality living to Oklahoma City. In addition, the residential growth helps beautify the city by transforming vacant lots and solitary garages into contemporary housing.

The South of Saint Anthony, or SoSA, district has become a popular development area for modern and sophisticated urban architecture. In early October, developers applied for a new residential structure on the corner of NW Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue on an empty lot. The development features a three-unit, two-story condo building that will include one single-story unit and two double-story units.

October 21, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: October 21, 2015

Careful planning and consideration can produce great results. Through several site studies, committee discussions, expert input and deliberation, the city of Oklahoma City has agreed on the new MAPS 3 convention center site.

The new site sits south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena in a currently little-traveled area of downtown, at SW Fourth and SW Seventh streets in between Shields Boulevard and Robinson Avenue. SW Seventh Street and serve as the south end of the center and the start of the future Core to Shore park.