We have been talking about and imagining the opportunities for redevelopment and development in the area directly south of the Central Business District since the Core to Shore Development Framework was adopted in 2008. A decade later, we are seeing many of those projects underway. The city broke ground on the MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center in June, and across the street Omni Hotels and Resorts formally breaks ground next week on its 605-room luxury hotel. The Oklahoma Cit
Innovation is a powerful word. We often think of it as a new idea or new way of doing something, but when we talk about Oklahoma City’s Innovation District, the word takes on a grander meaning – a place, a catalyst, a convergence of people and ideas. The planning firm Perkins + Will recently gave an update on its work in creating a land use and strategic development plan for the Oklahoma City Innovation District. Building on the earlier study of the area by the Brookings Inst
It’s beginning to feel like fall with the arrival of the Oklahoma State Fair, which opens Thursday and ends Sept. 23 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The annual tradition brings more than corn dogs, world-class entertainment acts and Ferris wheels; the event has a significant economic impact on Oklahoma City. Nearly 1 million people attend the Oklahoma State Fair annually, which is slightly less than the entire population of Oklahoma City and Tulsa combined. Last year, th
Now that a section of the Oklahoma City Boulevard between Shields Boulevard and S. Robinson Avenue has opened, you will be able to see the major advances taking place at the Omni Hotel development just south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Omni’s purchase of the hotel site at the southeast corner of the Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson from the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority closed a couple of weeks ago, followed by construction trailers being delivered last week.