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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 1:40 AM
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Nice nighttime shot of the streetcar turning onto Sheridan:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/katsrc...17272/sizes/h/

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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 2:51 AM
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Cool aerial shot of downtown taken yesterday:



larger version: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EC_EsGuXsAADPnT.jpg:large

https://twitter.com/stevejkfor/statu...67095501856768

This is one of the few (or should I say first) shots of downtown I've seen that show the impact of the Omni Hotel on the skyline.
At 17 stories, the impact won't be huge, but it will add some extra flair and density around the core, for sure.
Night time views should be pretty awesome, though.

It's also the first photo I've seen where both the Omni Hotel and the new Heartland HQ building under construction(lower right) are both visible at the same time.
Will be even better when a multi-story development occurs along the curving E.K. Gaylord street
(which will happen, but uncertain at the moment exactly what it will be or when it will start).
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 4:40 AM
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 12:01 PM
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Another look at the Central Exchange / Parlor OKC developments.

Front entrance along 6th street:


https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44698


Eôté Coffee has set up shop in the basement of Central Exchange:





https://twitter.com/DowntownOKC/stat...62368918528000



https://twitter.com/405Mag/status/1166552743600971776

Tribune Capital (who owns the building) has reportedly moved into their new offices in the basement.
Orange Leaf and Studio Flight have moved in as well, occupying the second floor.
The first and third levels are still available for tenants.


Next door at Parlor OKC, the grand opening is set for September 6th.
One of the posters at OKCTalk attended the ULI site tour and posted some photos.












https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44698


Immediately to the east of Parlor is a new development sometimes referred to as the '6th Street Market'.
A pair of warehouses are being converted into a restaurant, office space, and rooftop bar.

This is still early on in construction.
The front side is just a steel frame at this point.




In the back, you can see a bit more progress on the frame and decking.



https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44698


Here's a closer up view, with markings for the various developments:




Here are the renderings for 19 & 23 NE 6th (aka '6th Street Market'):

front (along 6th)




back (accessed from 7th)



https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44562
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 12:41 PM
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Peerson, Tell me what the name is of the vintage building to the right of the tall black tower. There's three sections to it, and it looks like it is possibly a grand hotel of some sort. I've always liked that particular style. I would like to Google some more pics up close of it and some info. It reminds me of the Biltmore Hotel here in Los Angeles.

Also, how many miles downtown does the streetcar cover at this point? Are there future plans in the works for more rail laid or also perhaps light rail into the metro?

Again, thanks for your continual updates. I feel the same as the forumer who commented that he felt as if he was getting to really know Oklahoma City. I almost feel like I've lived there for a brief period.

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Man, OKC has a ton going on, glad to see it. Last time I was in the city, Devon Tower was a freshly dug hole in the ground.
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 10:34 PM
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Man, OKC has a ton going on, glad to see it. Last time I was in the city, Devon Tower was a freshly dug hole in the ground.
Yep, quite a bit going on.
Come and visit again and we'll try to dig some more holes for ya.


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Peerson, Tell me what the name is of the vintage building to the right of the tall black tower. There's three sections to it, and it looks like it is possibly a grand hotel of some sort. I've always liked that particular style. I would like to Google some more pics up close of it and some info. It reminds me of the Biltmore Hotel here in Los Angeles.

Also, how many miles downtown does the streetcar cover at this point? Are there future plans in the works for more rail laid or also perhaps light rail into the metro?

Again, thanks for your continual updates. I feel the same as the forumer who commented that he felt as if he was getting to really know Oklahoma City. I almost feel like I've lived there for a brief period.
Thanks for the comments (and interest).

The "vintage" building that you're referring to is the Skirvin Hotel.


https://www.skirvinhilton.com/

Great building (and great hotel).
14 stories. Built in 1911.
There's some neat folklore around that hotel as well.

It sat dormant for about twenty years and came close to being demolished.
But people rallied to save it and it was finally restored in 2007.
Been going great ever since.


As for the streetcar, it has been designed (at least initially) as a downtown circulator.
Meaning it really isn't meant as a means of transportation to connect various parts of the city.
It just provides a way to conveniently get around the downtown area once you're there.

The current track loop is 5.6 miles in length and runs through the CBD, Bricktown, and parts of Midtown.
It also runs by Scissortail Park near the Convention Center and Omni Hotel.


http://okcstreetcar.com

larger version: http://okcstreetcar.com/wp-content/u...viceMap_02.jpg

There are definitely plans to extend the route and make it more useful for inter-city transportation.
I don't recall all the details - I've read about several different proposals for extension.
Some version will almost certainly happen within the next 5-8 years.

Many wanted the streetcar route to be more extensive in the first place.
The current loop is accused of being useless or just a toy for tourists.
But it still has great value as a stimulant for new businesses to pop up along the route.
That's already happening.

The thinking of the streetcar proponents was, let's get the downtown circulator loop first.
Then, later on, after the concept is proven, we can extend it bit by bit.
That's how it's proceeding, and I think this model will work well for Oklahoma City.

Of course, there is also the bus system, called Embark, which offers service to a much larger area of the city.
The buses were all replaced about 3 or 4 years ago with nice new ones.
There's plans underfoot to extend/upgrade the service and improve the stops.

There's also been plans for a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system around NW Expressway and Classen Blvd.
Studies have been made, etc.


http://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44738

But I'm not sure where that project stands.

Light rail is one of the topics that gets discussed year after year, ad infinitum.
I've read about a number of proposals that provide service from Edmond all the way down to Norman.
And other routes that extend even further.

There have been several attempts at a (renewed) passenger rail connection between Tulsa and OKC.
And even wider routes, stretching from Kansas to Texas.

I don't really know the status of that, because it just keeps evolving and being kicked down the road.
I mean, I'm paying attention, but not that closely.
It's kind of like... wake me up when you guys decide on something certain.

I'm pretty sure that light rail will happen eventually, but there's no telling how long it might take.
This isn't a topic I'm that knowledgable about, though.
Mostly because discussions and proposals keep going round and round for years, changing all the while.
I only pay really close attention when there are definite, concrete plans in the works.

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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 10:38 PM
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The BRT proposal seems to be a complete crock so far with the information surrounding it. Low frequencies(10-15 mins peak being touted), articulated buses are not happening, no dedicated lanes on half of its route and likely the entire route will run mixed with traffic. This really isn't BRT but we shall see. That information is just things I've seen posted from others who are fairly credible or information I've seen from city council meetings or new articles. I want to emphasize don't take that information with more than a grain of salt. Hopefully we are surprised.

Currently land is being sought and planning is underway. I believe some land for this project has already been purchased.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2019, 12:44 AM
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The "vintage" building that you're referring to is the Skirvin Hotel.

Great building (and great hotel).
14 stories. Built in 1911.
There's some neat folklore around that hotel as well.

It sat dormant for about twenty years and came close to being demolished.
But people rallied to save it and it was finally restored in 2007.
Been going great ever since.


OMG, it's even more glorious than I had imagined!!! Thanks for posting it Peerson, and also much thanks for the other info. This Hotel is the kind of outward style I want to see brought back. I love well-executed contemporary as much as the next guy, but every major city needs a healthy dose of the great classics of the past added to its portfolio, else it becomes too sterile.


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Old Posted Aug 30, 2019, 2:49 PM
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^^^^ It is a beautiful hotel. They have an artist that takes residence on the bottom floor for several months at a time which is pretty cool.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2019, 10:33 PM
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400 N. Walnut


https://twitter.com/TraitThompson/st...75610440732677

This is the 100 year old building being renovated by a law firm.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2019, 11:18 PM
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OMG, it's even more glorious than I had imagined!!! .....
Yes, it is glorious.
They just don't build 'em like that anymore.

The Skirvin Hotel, like so many other great historic building in OKC, was designed by Solomon Layton.


https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...-andrew-layton

His imprint on Oklahoma City architecture is profound.

Layton left mark on city - Architect's influence dominates list of significant city buildings


Other buildings he designed:

Oklahoma State Capitol Building (currently under restoration)


https://twitter.com/CapitolRestore



Heritage Building


https://twitter.com/buildwithlingo



Oklahoma Publishing Company Building


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklaho...mpany_Building



Mid-Continent Life Insurance Building (now the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/402953...82673/sizes/h/


And there are many others.

We need some Solomon Laytons in this modern world.
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Will Rogers World Airport

Construction for the terminal expansion has been complicated by recent rains, turning the work area into a muddy pit.


https://www.facebook.com/WillRogersW...type=3&theater


Nevertheless, the work trudges along.
Here's a photo from this morning via the oxblue cam:


https://app.oxblue.com/open/WRWATerminalExpansion


Southwest Airlines recently announced some expansions at Will Rogers.

They are adding a daily non-stop flight from OKC to Nashville.
This will begin January 6, 2020.

Also, they are adding another daily non-stop to Houston, as well as adding another daily non-stop to Phoenix.


https://www.facebook.com/WillRogersW...type=3&theater

Curiously, they are dropping the daily non-stop to Dallas
(one-stop flights to Dallas are still available)

source: https://www.flyokc.com/southwest-air...vice-nashville
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Updated photos of various projects.
Most of these are courtesy of user 'shawnw' at OKCTalk.


Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center





https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=29284&page=12

The metallic cladding is gradually being installed, though at a slow pace.



Broadway Park







https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=41953&page=11

Good to see more glass installed.



Heartland HQ


https://www.instagram.com/p/B13o2tlBwAS/

The banner stating "Local Cuisine - Craft Cocktails" is for the Canvas Bistro, which will open directly across the street.








https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44171&page=8

Construction seems to have slowed down a bit on this project the last few weeks.
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OKC is in fire with all these new projects going on. I bet the next 20yrs OKC will be as dense as Austin is currently or maybe sooner.

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Old Posted Sep 3, 2019, 10:12 AM
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Social Capital OKC


https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44232&page=4












https://deskgram.net/p/2124399282449884658_42146486
https://twitter.com/DowntownOKC/stat...67874329800704



Soft Opening at Parlor OKC

The official opening is September 6, but yesterday they held a soft opening.
One lady who attended the event (Mandy Milam) posted some nice pics:











https://deskgram.net/p/2124451188790652019_205665750


This and Central Exchange is such a boost for this part of downtown.





https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44698
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Boulevard Place

OCURA (Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority) recently approved a redevelopment agreement to sell the corner of E.K. Gaylord & Oklahoma City Boulevard.

This is the site for Boulevard Place, an eight story mixed-use building being developed by Rose Rock Development Partners.


original: http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/c...ion080419b.jpg
source: https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=26179&page=189


Renderings:





https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=44761

Of course, the agreement was expected -- this just makes it official.
The purchase price of $2,461,000 is to be paid by Rose Rock just prior to construction starting.

A few more details about the composition of the building has emerged.

The CEO of Rose Rock has stated that the retail space on the first level is 75% pre-leased.
A letter of intent has been signed for a 6700 sf restaurant.

Additionally, there are plans for a Primrose School day care and preschool.

The total number of residential units will be 240.
36 of those will be set aside as 'workforce income housing' units.
Those were apparently at the request of Omni Hotel, who are looking for affordable housing for their hotel employees.

Construction is set to start by September 2020 with completion in late 2022.

https://oklahoman.com/article/563917...ter-omni-hotel
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Great stuff popping in OKC!
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