Tag Archives: Russell Claus

Tower Talk

Expectations are high, as Williams and his team will replace an architecturally significant, albeit dilapidated, structure with a gleaming new office tower and bring leasable office space to the Downtown market. A yet-unnamed office anchor tenant is also in the mix. Williams, president of Kestrel Investments Inc., purchased the property from the Oklahoma City Community


Prior to the new school year, all but 17 schools in the district had a uniform policy. Kathleen Kennedy, district spokeswoman, says the change was made in order to facilitate a safe and orderly learning environment, as well as to promote professional and responsible dress. According to the U.S. Department of Education, school uniforms are

Boulevard of compromise

The final decision on the design of the $80 million, 10.5-block boulevard ultimately lies with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. As officials have solidified plans over the last year, citizens, property owners and members of city council have spoken out against the alternative recommended by Stantec, the consulting firm hired

Alternatives for proposed boulevard meet opposition

With hundreds in attendance, a public meeting Dec. 3 at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center featured officials from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, city public works and representatives from Stantec. The city hired Stantec in September to carry out an evaluation of possible solutions to the complicated traffic issues the Boulevard will face near Western,

Gold Dome finds buyer

Bank 7, the lender, was owed more than $771,000 by former owner Irene Lam. Bidding began with the amount owed. Box made an $800,000 bid, and purchased the building. He plans to close on the sale in coming weeks. “I really thought there would be a lot more bidders,” he said. He is no stranger

Architect talks Kerr Park plans

SandRidge is in the midst of a $100 million renovation of its downtown properties to what it is calling SandRidge Commons. Chesapeake purchased the properties from Anadarko Petroleum, which acquired Kerr McGee, and sold them to SandRidge.The project includes the 30-story, former Kerr McGee office tower, the 10-story, 1923 Braniff Building, and a planned 10-story amenities

City Council considers boulevard options

Members of Friends for a Better Boulevard, a citizen’s group, are concerned with businesses in the area on the west side of Downtown that may see their stretch of boulevard elevated to connect with Interstate 40. Several members attended the Oklahoma City Council meeting July 31 to voice their concerns that the elevated roadway would

City seeks RFPs for old jail

After sitting nearly vacant for more than two decades, finding a new use for the structure will pose redevelopment challenges, especially given its low ceiling heights, but Planning Director Russell Claus says it has too much historic value – as part of the city’s formative civic district that includes Civic Center Music Hall and City

Home to stay

He now calls WestTown Resource Center “home.” The center and day shelter is designed as a one-stop shop for transients and the homeless. It pools several aid agencies under one roof for families, while providing the homeless a place to stay and something to eat during the day.  The Homeless Alliance was founded in 2004.