- Cathy O'Connor
bricktown experiencing development
In the last two years, Bricktown has experienced the biggest changes since it first emerged as an entertainment district in the late 1980s.
Bricktown is now a better-rounded, mixed-use area with residential offerings, new office space, and family-friendly options, all compatibly existing alongside the nightlife and restaurants that initially helped launch the district. More than 40 percent of Bricktown businesses are locally owned and the district contributes between 5 percent and 6 percent of the city’s total sales tax revenue.
Although it’s considered a more mature district, Bricktown’s recent evolution has given way to a new crop of owners and developers who are highly engaged and interested in a more complete vision for the area.
Local residents are learning to use downtown spaces differently and as they demand new and authentic offerings, Downtown OKC Inc., the Bricktown Association, and business owners have adjusted their approach. Bricktown is no longer the only entertainment district in town. The public has other options. They also have high expectations. Bricktown leaders know that to stay relevant and competitive, the district must adapt to the changing desires of its patrons.
Read the full article at The Journal Record.