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Power play

Cathy O’Connor, executive director of OCURA, says the meeting also included the approval of schematic design documents from GE, the first of three phases of approval. “There will be two more steps in the process,” O’Connor says. “Design development plans and construction plan documents will both need to be approved before construction begins, and Urban

TIF Tally

Oklahoma City has eight TIF districts. The program is a local redevelopment technique authorized under the state constitution for municipalities to fund public and private economic development improvements, and then capture the increased property tax from those projects in formerly blighted areas. State law says a TIF district can exist for 25 years. The first

TIF dollars approved for OPUBCO move downtown

Century Center Photo by Shannon Cornman In all, the council approved $38.9 million for 10 different projects, seven of which dealt with infrastructure. In 2012, developer Steve Hurst purchased the Century Center Mall, 100 W. Main, for $2 million. Built in the mid-1970s, the 115,000-square-foot center was once a thriving office and retail spot —

Iowa-based department store eyes Quail Springs

Photo by Shannon Cornman Based in Davenport, Iowa, the company website shows it has 27 stores in 11 states. The proposed Oklahoma City store would take the place of Sears, which will close this month at Quail Springs due to a national downsizing by the company. Cathy O’Connor, surrogate general manager of the trust, said

OCURA approves office space proposals atop Downtown garage

To add additional Downtown parking options, the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority hired TAP Architecture last year to design a $20 million, 750-space garage on OCURA land just south of city hall, including a parking lot that is part of the adjoining Hightower Building. The plans initially called for ground-floor retail, with eight parking

Hat’s off

She purchased the former Downtown library in early 2008, with plans for lofts and retail space. For those not paying attention, 2008 was a bit of a tough year in the financial markets, and many projects, Carnegie included, ground to a halt. Now the only thing holding up the start of construction for the $7.4

Brooks breaks ground at the Edge

Rendering of Gary Brooks’ Edge in MidTown   Bordered by N.W. 12 and N.W. 13 streets, and Walker and Dewey, the former home of Mercy Hospital is set for 250 apartments. Brooks has not had an office in Downtown in nearly a decade, and admitted he was unfamiliar with the area when his friend and

Preliminary designs for downtown parking garage unveiled

The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority hired TAP Architecture this summer to design the $20 million, 750-space garage. The firm is working with Chicago-based Desman Associates. COTPA will own the garage, but it is slated for land south of city hall that is controlled by OCURA, and the parking lot of the neighboring Hightower

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