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Mayor Mick Cornett is seeking applicants to participate in a Downtown Review Committee which will change the organizational structure of the city\'s Urban Design Commission.
On May 1, Cornett says the newly formed committee will be in place to give the design criteria for the geographical area stretching from Classen Boulevard to the west side of Interstate-235 and from the north side of Oklahoma River to one-half block north of NW 13 Street.
Bricktown will be excluded as it has its own design committee. However, MidTown, which currently falls under Urban Design Commission's domain, will be included.
"The Urban Design Commission stays in effect, but MidTown is coming out of it and going into the Downtown Review Committee," he said. "Almost, if not all of the people, who were on the Urban Design Commission were really MidTown people, so we're having to come up with new members for both because those people are no longer appropriate to be on the Urban Design Commission."
Urban Design Commission will still include Capitol Hill, Plaza District, 23rd Street and Asian District, Cornett said, but not the Central Business District nor the areas surrounding the CBD.
"We will also be coming up with a design commission for the river," he said. "That will probably be later this year."
Cornett says he is seeking more architects to be on the new design committee in an effort to "raise the standards of design."
Three members would be a combination of registered architects, landscape architects, urban planners or licensed civil engineers; two members would be licensed real estate professionals; one member would be a member of the Urban Design Commission; and one member would be a resident of Oklahoma City. Terms would last three years and meetings would be held monthly.