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Updating the thread

Devon Tower continues to rise: Cladding is currently being installed on the third level. They are forming the 10th floor and should pour the First 1/3rd of the 10th floor any day.
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Posted in the Devon page, a very cool interactive map of the Bricktown District.

http://www.welcometobricktown.com/map/lite_map.html
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This sort of relates to Devon and theres not an OKC city compilation thread so heres what the MAPs Project is.

Summary of MAPS Projects
The Park
Cost: $130 million

Description: This project is a downtown park that is approximately 70 acres. It will begin as a two-block-wide park at the future boulevard (the current Interstate 40 alignment), proceed south to the future Interstate 40 alignment, and continue from there as a one-block-wide park to the Oklahoma River. The upper park will be fully programmed, including a cafe, lake, and other amenities.

Background:

The concept of a large, central park is the result of an inclusive community planning process known as “Core to Shore” that was convened to consider what should be done with the land south of the soon-to-be-relocated Interstate 40.
Some land acquisition for the park was funded by the 2007 bond issue.
The “SkyDance Bridge,” which is already funded, links the upper and lower parks.
A large central park will provide an amenity that most world class cities enjoy.

Transit

Cost: $130 million

Description: The transit package includes approximately five to six miles of downtown streetcar. The streetcar will be on rails in City streets and link major employers, businesses, attractions and residential communities in the downtown area. The transit package can also include funding for other commuter rail transit lines that may become feasible in the near term, along with an intermodal transit hub in downtown.

Background:

Streetcar, commuter rail and a hub are all called for in the Fixed Guideway Study, which provides a blueprint for transit needs in central Oklahoma over the coming decades.
Streetcar is a critical first step towards a better transit system.
A better transit system will lead to a healthier, more sustainable community.


Convention Center

Cost: $280 million

Description: This project is a new convention center to replace the Cox Business Services Convention Center. The new convention center will include exhibit halls, meeting rooms, ballrooms, mixed uses, and parking.

Background:

The Cox Business Services Convention Center is already inadequate in terms of size and amenities, and will be nearly half-a-century old by the time a new convention center could open.
A study commissioned by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce showed that superior convention center facilities in neighboring cities and states are beginning to erode the $2.1 billion that enters the Oklahoma City community each year from visitors, and that soon, the Cox Center will be unable to compete.
The tourism industry is responsible for thousands of jobs in Oklahoma City.
Visitors also help to improve the quality of life for residents by creating a better market to attract direct flights and unique retail.

Sidewalks

Cost: $10 million

Description: This project will strategically construct sidewalks in different areas of the city on major streets and near facilities used by the public (such as schools and libraries).

Background:

The 2007 bond issue included $68 million for sidewalks next to all resurfacing projects, but this sidewalks project is focused on strategic placement of sidewalks in areas of potentially high foot traffic.
The sidewalks will be placed all over Oklahoma City.
Sidewalks help to build a healthier community.


Trails

Cost: $40 million

Description: This project will construct 57 new miles of bicycling and walking trails, all but completing Oklahoma City’s trails master plan.

Background:

The City has a trails master plan that will not be complete for decades, unless this initiative passes.
The trails will be placed all over Oklahoma City.
Trails help to build a healthier community.


The Oklahoma River

Cost: $60 million

Description: This project will provide improvements to the Oklahoma River, including a public whitewater kayaking facility, and upgrades intended to achieve the finest rowing racecourse in the world. The whitewater facility is estimated to cost $25 million with the remaining $35 million to fund River improvements. Those improvements include grandstands, parking, Lincoln Bridge enhancements, a floating stage, river beautification, lighting and other improvements to the course itself.

Background:

The United States Olympic Committee recently named the Oklahoma River an official Olympic Training Site.
The whitewater kayaking facility is an amenity that will be open to the public.
Activities on the Oklahoma River have become a major attraction for Oklahoma City, and present an opportunity to achieve world class status in paddle sports.
Rowing and kayaking promote a healthier community.


Health and Wellness Aquatic Centers for Senior Citizens

Cost: $50 million

Description: This project will construct multiple state-of-the-art health and wellness aquatic centers for senior citizens at locations around the city.

Background:

Seniors are an ever-growing demographic in America, and Oklahoma City is no exception.
Many American cities are establishing world-class aquatic senior centers.
These centers will promote a healthier community.


Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

Cost: $60 million

Description: This project will upgrade publicly-used facilities at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, especially those used by the public during the annual State Fair of Oklahoma. It will consolidate various structures that are in excess of 50 years old.

Background:

Through horse shows, the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds are an economic driver for tourism.
Through regional events like Affair of the Heart and the annual State Fair, the Fairgrounds are a major local amenity.
The State Fairgrounds are perhaps the most widely-used public facility in Oklahoma City.

http://www.okc.gov/maps3/summary.html
I posted this earlier in the Devon thread, didnt know there was a city compilation for OKC.
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Things are busy in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Regatta Festival, the Plaza District Festival of local artists in that neighborhood, and the Deep Deuce Music Festival are all taking place around the inner city this weekend.

Cranes and red dirt construction sites are all over the place.

Devon Tower is growing.



The Myriad Gardens are being renovated.



Bicentennial Park's new plan was released today



Devon Boathouse is looking good and the river is being used by Olympic athletes



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About 15 Olympic hopefuls are already training in Oklahoma City, drawn to the area because of the Oklahoma River’s burgeoning Boathouse District and the training facilities being built there, said Mike Knopp, Oklahoma City University rowing coach and executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.

Knopp expects 30 world-class athletes training for the 2012 London Olympics to be using the Devon Boathouse facilities by the end of the year.

“This is a high-performance Olympic facility,” Knopp said. “There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.”
Projects in the Health Sciences Center are well underway or nearing completion (photos by Doug Loudenback)







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Old Posted Oct 10, 2010, 7:19 PM
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Nice stuff.

Where is the Health Sciences Center in relation to downtown?
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Just north and east on the east side of I-235...south of the State Capitol.
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Nice stuff.

Where is the Health Sciences Center in relation to downtown?
It has generally been separated from downtown in the past by a strip of nothingness and a huge highway (both urban renewal related) but now it is basically connected to downtown by a mass of residential and mixed use infill.

This panorama by Architect2010 is the best way to show the medical district in relation to downtown and the Deep Deuce infill area. The huge complex of similar looking buildings is PHF Research Park, just behind those is the rest of the Medical District which is generally 8 to 14 story buildings (you'll notice cranes peeking out in this panorama).



Also this shot, the second rise in the skyline, to the left, shows Midtown and the Medical District.

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Here is a very nice compilation of downtown Oklahoma City, past and present. It is an interactive map with icons that link to film and pictures of buildings and developments of the city, presented by Steve Lackmeyer and the city's newsprint.

http://places.newsok.com/downtown-renaissance

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A little rundown of current activity in OKC, lots of good economic news and two major urban development sets are brewing pretty quickly.

JOBS/ECONOMY
-550 more Boeing jobs coming to OKC from California
-OKC ranks 2 (behind Austin) in private job growth between 09-10, with over 10,000 new jobs for 2.4% growth in the private sector.
-Some corporation looking to relocate has purchased the nice 20-story office tower that Devon will no longer need in a couple of years. Speculation generally agrees Continental Resources, an Enid, OK energy company looking to triple in size in the next few years, has purchased the building. However, other rumors about the purchaser include Hertz and Boeing- Boeing could move its defense division offices from St. Louis to OKC where most of their defense manufacturing/repair takes place now.

Apparently a British firm, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, that is doing the London Olympic village is busy with a lot of work in OKC, at all of the sites mapped below:



Some renovation projects include a 5,000 sf single family home in a historic bindery, a conversion of a warehouse into commercial/condos, a warehouse-townhome conversion. There will also be new construction, including 30,000 sf retail building with rooftop parking, and a 228-unit apartment development in the rapidly infilling Maywood-Deep Deuce neighborhood.





Another big announcement was that the downtown Ford, Lincoln, Mercury car dealership will be closed so that its owners can develop it into a mix of retail and housing. The property (about 10 acres) is a prime location to say the least- Bordering the future boulevard and central park, the current Myriad Gardens (neighbor to Devon Tower), the Ford Center, and the Cox Convention Center. The site is shown below:



There's no way to know for sure how the property will be developed, but I can make a good guess that there will be a mid- or high-rise involved... The developers say they have been planning commercial/residential for the property and talking to the Chamber retail specialist and city officials for years, and this 3-block property between the Myriad Gardens and the future central park has ALWAYS been represented as a mixed use development with two towers in all Core to Shore planning materials. We'll see what happens!







Devon Tower has been exciting but we are starting to get back into another wave of development like the one that began in 2005.
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Construction rapidly underway at LEVEL apartments in Maywood. Casey Cornett's photo from flickr.



And new renderings



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Two more hotels eyed for Bricktown



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BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com Oklahoman 20 Published: January 19, 2011
The development team that built the Bricktown Hampton Inn is eyeing construction of two more hotels in the entertainment district
conceptual plans for a 155-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 100-room Homewood Suites are scheduled to be presented today to the Bricktown Urban Design Committee.
The developers are Marsh Pitman, who built the nearby Bricktown Parking Garage, and Wisconsin-based Raymond Management Group.
The two hotels, if built, will occupy the same 11-story, 179,342-square-foot tower east of the Hampton Inn at Sheridan and Central avenues. Construction could begin by this fall.
Read more: http://newsok.com/two-more-hotels-ey...#ixzz1BYaaDfpE
http://newsok.com/two-more-hotels-ey...rticle/3533600

Nice infill, OKC lookin good...

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Lots of great progress for OK City!
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Very impressive stuff! I'm jealous of your city getting such a cool new tower. How did Oklahoma City land such a tall tower?
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Very impressive stuff! I'm jealous of your city getting such a cool new tower. How did Oklahoma City land such a tall tower?
Devon wanted to consolidate it's employees from 5 area buildings into one, and the rest is history.
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I wanted to update progress on the Oklahoma City streetcar. Remember this streetcar system is no pipe dream as it already has a dedicated funding source collecting money. The final route should be released by spring, but in the meantime there is a very open process going on with the public to determine the route. A major focus has been to plan a "first phase" but also plan a future system map so that we aren't short-sighted in the initial route. Consensus is to include a downtown/Midtown transit mall with a leg to one of the outlying urban nodes for the first phase.

So here is a look at a potential system map from Jeff Bezdek who is involved with the transit committees, posted originally at okctalk.com:



The BLUE portion is the most certain bet for what will be included in Phase 1. It links lofts, bars, and TOD potential of Midtown to the CBD, Bricktown, and major attractions including OKC Memorial, convention center, and arena.

The TURQUOISE shaded area is also fairly certain to be the location of a multimodal transit hub, which will integrate streetcar, bus, Amtrak, future commuter rail from Edmond to Norman, and future HSR to Tulsa and Dallas/Fort Worth.

The YELLOW to Paseo and the portion of the PINK to Plaza District seem to be the most likely candidates for the last portion of the first phase, but this has not yet been determined for sure.

And finally, the RED noticeably includes a link to the Medical District and State Capitol- OKC would seek federal/state matching funds to extend a line in this direction.

So, progress is good and strong debate from certain council members has actually strengthened the planning IMO by encouraging a link to at least one neighborhood outside of the Downtown/Midtown core.
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So, they are tearing down the highway the pretty much ruined downtown and moving it further south judging by the rendering in post 149. Thats pretty awesome if thats the case.
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Found this pretty sweet video from last spring showing the momentum and energy downtown OKC has.

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So, they are tearing down the highway the pretty much ruined downtown and moving it further south judging by the rendering in post 149. Thats pretty awesome if thats the case.
Basically yes, at a cost of 750 million or so, to make room for more urban development
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Another 140 units planned for Deep Deuce, completing one more block in the neighborhood. It will have structured parking beneath the apartments, basically looking at a 4-5 story building built into a sloped hill. Developer is the same as this similar project two blocks south which was for-sale instead of rental, so it could look something like this:

Photo from Flickr, Michael.Daniel


I also like this map, made by Pete at OKCTalk. It shows residential construction in Deep Deuce since 2000, with blue being completed and yellow under construction or proposed. Basically, land that was a bunch of parking lots and vacant urban prairies in 1999 is now the most populous and dense urban neighborhood in the city.

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I walked through that neighborhood when I was there and I was wondering why the buildings had those wide grass lawns in between them. It made it feel not so urban, I hope someday they fill those spaced in between the buildings with a street or something.
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