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Real Estate - 10.24.2012

OCU law school gets OK to move downtown

On Oct. 24, Oklahoma City University's board of trustees unanimously voted to move the school into the former Central High School, 800 N. Harvey. A price was not disclosed, although marketing materials for the property by Price Edwards & Co. showed it is listed for sale at $11.5 million. Read more
News Article - 10.23.2012

Devon tower officially opens

Devon Energy officials were joined by government officials to cut a blue, ceremonial ribbon in the glass rotunda of the company’s world headquarters Oct. 23 to officially celebrate its opening. In attendance were community and business leaders, including the CEOs of Chesapeake Energy and SandRidge Energy. Read more
Construction - 10.18.2012

Hogan gets thumbs up from urban renewal for restaurant building

Developer Randy Hogan returned to the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority Oct. 18 with revised plans for a building in Lower Bricktown. The original design was criticized by OCURA commissioners last month for the front of it being oriented toward a parking lot, rather than facing the Bricktown Canal, and for a narrow walkway between the proposed building and its neighbor to the east, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. Read more
Construction - 10.18.2012

Brooks breaks ground at the Edge

After a competitive process to redevelop a city block in MidTown, developer Gary Brooks broke ground Oct. 18 at the Edge. Read more
Retail - 10.16.2012

Local brewer joins Made In Oklahoma Coalition

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition, a group that promotes food and agricultural items from Oklahoma, has added two new names to its roster of more than 40 companies in the state. Read more
Construction - 10.16.2012

Hogan presents redesigned building plans to Urban Renewal

At the September Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Meeting, developer Randy Hogan’s plans for a restaurant building along the Bricktown Canal faced opposition, and he was asked to reexamine the project. Read more
Energy - 10.11.2012

Devon plans to move Houston office to Oklahoma City

Devon Energy Corp. plans to close its office in Houston and move those employees to its world headquarters in Oklahoma City, the company announced Oct. 11. The Houston office has 500 employees who oversee assets in south Texas, east Texas and Louisiana. Read more
News Article - 10.11.2012

Bricktown developer proposes renovating old comedy club

Chris Johnson’s multi-building development and parking lot along the Bricktown Canal is on hold, but he is moving forward with plans to renovate an empty building on E. Sheridan. Read more
News Article - 10.09.2012

MAPS park meeting scheduled

Those interested in the look of the future Downtown park will have something to see Oct. 25 at the second of three community input meetings. The consultant, Hargreaves Associates, plans to present conceptual drawings for viewing, and further discussion. Read more
Economy - 10.02.2012

City manager reports increase in September sales tax collections

It may be too soon to pop open the champagne and sing “Happy Days are Here Again,” but Oklahoma City’s sales tax returns have almost reached pre-recession expectations, said City Manager Jim Couch at the Oct. 2 City Council meeting. Despite that news, Couch talked about one unusual factor that led to the increase in collections this summer, and unknowns on the national level that could spell trouble for the local economy. Read more
Real Estate - 09.28.2012

Land Run to develop The Rise on N.W. 23rd

The northwest corner of N.W. 23rd Street and Walker Avenue is set for its biggest change in decades. Johnathan Russell, president of Land Run Commercial Real Estate, plans to purchase the nearly 22,000-square-foot retail building at 511 N.W. 23rd that has been home to a hotel and motel liquidation store for more than 20 years. Read more
Real Estate - 09.26.2012

Room to grow

Oklahoma City posts strong hotel numbers, but with more visitors, additional rooms will be needed to meet demand

Roy Williams stood before the Oklahoma City Council in August with some good news: Not only is Oklahoma City’s hotel market strong, it is among the strongest in the nation. Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, based his report on findings from international hotel data company Smith Travel Research. Read more
Construction - 09.26.2012

Sand blast

Renovations continue on former Kerr McGee properties Downtown into SandRidge Commons

Around the former home of Kerr McGee, purchased by SandRidge Energy in 2007, crews are working to create SandRidge Commons, the company’s home base in Downtown Oklahoma City. Read more
Retail - 09.26.2012

Plaza placement

Plans in the Plaza District will renovate old laundry mat, and future plans could bring more retailers to N.W. 16th Street

Each year on April Fool’s Day, Kristen Vails sends out word through social media outlets about national chains planning to set up shop in the Plaza District. She once welcomed Applebee’s, and immediately faced derision and anger from her followers. This year, she sent word that home decor chain Kirkland’s was coming to the hyper-local district on N.W. 16th Street. Read more
Architecture - 09.20.2012

Preliminary designs for downtown parking garage unveiled

It is uncertain whether anyone will one day live or shop in a planned Downtown project, but the design of the parking aspect of the structure is well on its way. Unveiled at the Sept. 19 Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority meeting by Anthony McDermid, principal of TAP Architecture, the preliminary design included nods to the city’s historic architecture with a modern flair. Read more