• Cathy O’Connor

Events draw attention to OKC development efforts


There are many opportunities to learn what’s happening in your community, hear what’s being planned for the future, provide your perspective on those plans, and become more involved. One excellent opportunity is the Northeast OKC Town Hall being hosted by Councilwoman Nikki Nice on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Douglass Auditorium, 600 N. High Ave.

This town hall will bring together guest speakers: private developers, preservationists, and city planners who will discuss the many significant projects and initiatives happening and planned for northeast Oklahoma City neighborhoods. There will be opportunities to share your opinion and become more involved. The event is free and open to the public.

One of Oklahoma City’s key areas for development and restoration, Northeast Oklahoma City has a number of high-impact projects and this is a critical time for citizen awareness and involvement.

Town hall topics will include: Innovation District land use plan, Project Convergence, restoration and new possible uses for the Brockway and Lyons Mansion, the reuse of Jewel Theatre and other development planned for south of Eighth Street, Urban Renewal residential development opportunities, new COVID-relief programs to help individuals and small businesses that will become available in late November or early December, Page Woodson Plaza and future development, the Hill at Bricktown, and the Clara Luper Freedom Center.

There are several other opportunities to learn more about progress and projects across our city. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will host the State of the City keynote address by Mayor Holt on Nov. 1 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. The chamber will also present the State of the Economy on Nov. 18. Finally, I’d encourage you to attend the Innovation District Annual Breakfast on Dec. 1 to hear more about upcoming developments, MAPS 4 investment timeline, and private investment in one of Oklahoma City’s key areas for acceleration of our science and technology industry.

These community-building events bring awareness to revitalization efforts, public investment, and private development across Oklahoma City. They also bring people together, creating citizens who are involved, connected and who voice their opinions about the ethical redevelopment of housing, education, safety, wellness, economic development, and preservation of our diverse culture, architecture and history.

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