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Old Posted Nov 13, 2019, 5:18 PM
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I've got a couple of cool new developments to talk about...

But first, I need to do some updates on existing projects.

For starters, a nice aerial of the Page Woodson development.



The bulldozed area is in preparation for Phase 3 (and more, it would appear).
Phase 3 will see the construction of 4 new mixed used (mostly residential) buildings.

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The new OKC Public Schools Headquarters at 615 N. Classen

In the last post on this from early summer, the steel for the new building under construction was just rising.


The existing 3 story building (formerly a bank) is being renovated.
The new construction - for The Clara Luper Center - is nearly structurally complete now.


A sketch and rendering show where this is headed:


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The new roof for the Walcourt is nearly finished.


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The Benz Building (a former Mercedes dealership converted to office space) is all but finished now.
The anchor tenant, Hogan Taylor, has moved in.




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Fan Club / Okie Kush - the combo sports bar and arcade coming to Midtown


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Old Posted Nov 14, 2019, 1:40 AM
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New Mixed-Use Development at 9400 N. Broadway

An 8 story office complex on north Broadway is about to get more interesting.

source: http://www.showcase.com/property/940...lahoma/1246611

This complex was purchased by Le Norman Properties back in 2011.
David Le Norman, an OKC oil executive, owns this real estate / development firm.

Le Norman Properties now plans to develop the land immediately east of the tower.

This plot is to be developed into a 3 story mixed-use building with its own dedicated parking garage in the rear.



No details yet about the mix of possible tenants.

Note that this property is immediately north of The Half development of American Fidelity.


(the lone building under construction seen in that pic is the Flix Brewhouse)

Perhaps it was the spawning of new development in the American Fidelity property that spurred on this proposal.
In any event, it would be great to see this section of Broadway start to come alive.
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Old Posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:07 PM
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Level East

A new apartment complex is coming to the Deep Deuce section of downtown.


Immediately east of the existing "Level" apartments, the new complex is dubbed "Level East".


This will have 6 floors, including one underground level.


Basic stats:
  • 127 units (1 and 2 bedroom)
  • private, off-street parking
  • outdoor courtyard and pool
  • fitness center
  • dog park
  • lockable bike storage
  • 4250 sf of restaurant / retail space

Floor Plan:

There will be 2 levels of in-structure parking, one of them underground -- something quite unusual in OKC.


The neighborhood

This is an interesting area of Deep Deuce with lots of new builds and renovations in the past 7 or 8 years.
Let's take a tour.

To the south of the lot is the historic Calvary Baptist Church - which was renovated several years ago.


Immediately to the north is the 400 Walnut project - a 100 year old building currently being renovated by a law firm.


It's around the corner from the Aloft Hotel.

source: https://www.taparchitecture.com/aloft.html

source: https://www.travelagewest.com/Hotels...town-p51090706


... as well as the OKSea container buildings.


Part of the Plan

The developer, Richard McKown, also built both the Level and Mosaic apartments.
With the Level East apartments, this would complete a trio of residential projects in this one area.

The original member of the trio, the Level apartments were completed in 2012.


The complex contains a small, local grocery store - Native Roots Market - as an amenity.
At the moment, it remains the only true grocery in the downtown area.


It originally featured a restaurant on the ground level - Urban Johnnie.
This has since changed concepts - recently redone as 'Bar Cicchetti', an Italian restaurant and sports bar.

Mosaic, the next apartment complex, was completed in 2015.




The northeast corner of Mosaic features 'Leaf + Bean' coffee shop.

© Ashley W. / Yelp https://www.yelp.com/user_details?us...WtT_p67-ErxXpg

This sketch shows the 3 apartment complexes and the list of stores/restaurants/amenities in the combined area:

The newly proposed building has the same general design as the other two.
One difference though is that Level East will have a brick exterior as opposed to the stucco used in the first two projects.

A rendering show an interesting diagonal brick inset design on the west face:

Great news for downtown.
Can't wait to see this project begin.
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2019, 3:56 AM
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Omni Hotel / Convention Center


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Old Posted Nov 16, 2019, 3:02 PM
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Work continues on the plaza above the Bricktown canal.

Here are some renderings of the improvements:

Near the canal terminus

Along the west edge (next to the railroad tracks)

Here are some recent photos showing the current progress:

The steps by the canal terminus

Along the west edge

Aerial overview

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Old Posted Nov 16, 2019, 3:50 PM
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Flixbus announces a new Oklahoma / Texas route.


Flixbus offers bus service between cities with very low fares.
Currently, they operate on the east and west coasts of the US, plus Texas-Louisiana.


They also operate in several European countries.

The newly announced route will connect Tulsa -> OKC -> Dallas -> Houston.

Tulsa World article: Flixbus expands to Oklahoma with routes through Tulsa, OKC, Dallas, Houston

This is pretty cool.
Not exactly high speed rail, but hey...

And the fares are amazingly cheap.
OKC to Dallas for only $5!
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2019, 4:29 PM
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Clark Crew BBQ

When I posted several months back about the renovation being done by Clark Crew BBQ, here's what the building originally looked like:


It had previously been an Italian restaurant.

Clark Crew had plans to build a new smokehouse.
But I figured that the changes to the existing building would be largely on the interior, not so much on the exterior.

Um.... WRONG!

The transformation is so great, I can hardly even tell that it's the same structure.



Looks great.
That's a lot of money they've plunked down on the rehab.
Hopefully it turns out to be worth it.

It's not open yet, but apparently that date is not far off.

Just for reference, I'll point out some of the surrounding structures...

In the background, to the right, is a trio of nearly identical office buildings.
This is Landmark Towers.

At the intersection of NW Expressway and Grand Blvd, the group of (mostly) beige/brown brick buildings is the Integris Baptist Medical Center.

Further down NW Expressway, the black tower with red trim is Union Plaza.

Also down the road, but on the left, the white tower is Embassy Suites (originally a Marriott Hotel) that is receiving an extensive renovation.

This is all slightly south of Lake Hefner.
A lot of activity has been occurring in this area -- it's worth another post of its own.

You can also tell that a section of NW Expressway has recently been re-paved.
That was done several month ago.

I just happened to chance across a few photos of the new asphalt being laid down:



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Old Posted Nov 16, 2019, 11:05 PM
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Nice updates, thanks!
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2019, 9:06 PM
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Convention Center Garage


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Old Posted Nov 17, 2019, 10:23 PM
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Wilshire Point


Some updated photos of this 26 acre mixed-use development at Classen and Wilshire Blvd.



An aerial from back in August shows the basic layout:


On the left of that photo you can see a group of storage units they call "garage condos".
These are nearly complete now.


There are still a number of residential units left to be built, including a 160 unit apartment complex.
Plus offices, community buildings, trails, etc.
Much more left to develop for this project.

But it has come quite a ways so far.
For reference, here's an aerial from almost exactly one year ago:


Orientation: of course, that's downtown OKC in the background on the left.
On the right, you see two prominent towers -- Valliance Bank and 50 Penn Place.
The latter is right next to Penn Square mall and the upcoming OAK mixed-use development.
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Old Posted Nov 18, 2019, 8:12 PM
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OK Distillery and Brewpub

This is the distillery that will be located in west downtown just a short hop from Stonecloud Brewery (at the old Sunshine Cleaners building).

They just posted a pic of the exterior, showing some progress.



The interior has been gutted, and new piping is currently being installed.
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Old Posted Nov 19, 2019, 11:49 AM
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Chrysler Plymouth Building

Located at NW 13th & Harvey, Walter E. Allen's Chrysler-Plymouth Dealership was originally built in 1946.

original: http://okcmod.com/wp-content/uploads...sler-FINAL.jpg
source: https://okcmod.com/architecture/gallery/15723-2/


It featured some neat innovations for the time, including a ventilation system that removed engine exhaust gases from the shop, and hydraulic lifts for easier repair.

original: http://okcmod.com/wp-content/uploads...cars-FINAL.jpg
source: https://okcmod.com/architecture/gallery/15723-2/

Here's a pic of a car being dyno tested:


The showroom:


Unfortunately, the dealership only lasted about a decade, going bankrupt in 1955.
Perhaps the state-of-the-art equipment was too expensive to maintain at that time.

After it went belly up, the building was subdivided:

The western portion (maintenance side) became a mechanic's shop.
The eastern portion (showroom) went through several iterations, eventually becoming the home of an equipment rental company.


Maintenance Side

Recently, the western end of the old dealership was renovated as office space.
This portion is now referred to as The Monterey (or 309 Monterey).


Fitzsimmons Architecture did the re-design, and has provided some images of the renovated interior space.


Showroom Side

The showroom section of the old dealership is the more architecturally interesting side (to me, at least) because of the curved glass.
The interior has a cool design with some thoughtful touches.

Double entry staircase

Floor detail


It was sold a few months ago to Pivot Project, an OKC development group.

They originally bought it with a specific tenant in mind, but that tenant backed out.
Nevertheless, they are proceeding with the renovation while looking for other prospective tenant(s).

Pivot recently released some renderings for what they plan for the rehab.


Looks great to me.
I love that they are restoring the full curved glass as it originally looked.
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Old Posted Nov 20, 2019, 4:28 AM
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Fairfield Inn

This is the 5 story hotel being built right next to the new Convention Center.

original: http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/c...ion111019a.jpg
source: https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=26179&page=194

Pete at OKCTalk recently had a peek inside and reports that it is almost finished.

Let's have a quick look at a construction photo timeline.





This has had a relatively leisurely build pace.
But I'm sure that they are timing this to let most of the surrounding construction wrap up before opening their doors.
That's speculation on my part, but it makes sense.
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Broadway Park

It's nice to catch of view of this building looking north down Broadway - and see it in the mix of other Auto Alley establishments.
Like this next pic (though it only barely peeks out on the right hand side)

original: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EIZ87_BXYAAplja.jpg:large
source: https://twitter.com/AutoAlleyOKC/sta...76526649868288

This was from a couple of weeks ago -- the scaffolding was still up.
But it has since come down.


original: http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/b...ark112019a.jpg
source: https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=41953&page=11

Definitely one of the slower ongoing projects in downtown (although there is stiff competition for that honor).
It appears to be nearing completion, but at the rate this thing progresses, who knows how far off the finish date will actually be.

No word yet on any prospective tenants.
Here's the rendering:

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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:19 PM
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Left Frame Lofts

I just mentioned in the previous post that Broadway Park was one of the slower projects ongoing in the downtown area.
Another contender would be Left Frame Lofts.

Both those projects are great developments though.
Would love to see a dozen more of each.

Here's a recent aerial of the Lofts under construction:



The developers for LFL had a tour of the project a few weeks back.


It ended up landing on a miserably cold and rainy day.
Despite this, some hardy folks showed up anyway.


So the interest is there.
And the downtown views will be great.


But the condos are very expensive (for OKC, anyway).
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:42 PM
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More work on the Classen Inn Motel



The gutting appears to be in full swing.
The interiors are being completely overhauled.


The blue band you see on the street divider is the beginning of a public art display.
Local artist Joe Slack was commissioned to do the work.



It didn't take long to install the artwork pieces.
Just a few days ago, a dedication was held with Mayor Holt, Slack, and a few others in attendance.


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Will Hider has been posting a bunch of intriguing historical photos of OKC on his twitter page
All of them are great, but one set particularly grabbed my eye.

A collection of photos, circa 1909 show the Oklahoma City Fire Department holding a parade on California Avenue:


The building at the end of the street is the old Santa Fe train depot.
It was replaced with a beautiful art deco building in 1934.

Interior of Santa Fe Depot:


Aerial showing the exterior:


That section of California Avenue and all the old buildings in the 1909 photos are now taken up by the Cox Convention Center superblock.


If (or, more likely, when) the Cox Convention Center is demolished, that section of California Avenue could be restored.
And a new set of buildings sprout up along the street.
But that's another adventure for another day.
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Volvo dealership on Broadway closes

Possibly a case of deja vu all over again.

Recently, a Mercedes Benz dealership moved north and left an empty building behind on Broadway.
The building was renovated and now serves as the offices of Hogan Taylor accounting firm.


Immediately to the south of the Benz building was a Volvo dealership.
They have just recently moved to a new location in far north OKC.

This leaves (once again) an empty dealership on Broadway awaiting some kind of re-use.
No word yet on what may become of this property.


I don't think it will take too long before this gets snatched up and re-purposed.
This area of Automobile Alley has seen a lot of renovations and new businesses in the last 5-7 years.

original: http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/volvo3.jpg
source: https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=45465

As seen in the photo, the streetcar passes right by as it makes its turn from Broadway onto NW 11th Street.

Some of the nearby buildings...

Broadway Park, which I've posted about a number of times.


The Buick building is a block south of the site.


This was renovated back in 2014 and is largely known for the Broadway 10 restaurant on the ground floor.
Here's a recent pic showing the Christmas lights:


Just to the west of the Buick building is a parking garage with an interesting louvered window exterior design.


Between the Buick building and the garage is a unique piece of artwork called "Architectural DNA".
It's a suspended iron staircase (saved from another renovation) balanced by cables between the two buildings.


To the west is the Monarch building, which is nearly finished.

Immediately to the south is a gas station / convenience store.
Next to that is a wholesale florist shop.

source: https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en...px8wDHoECAoQCw

It's also directly southwest of the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center under construction.



Automobile Alley has seen a lot of activity the past few years.
More shops opening up and more street life.


It would be great to see a redevelopment for the Volvo site that moves foot traffic on Broadway even further north.
Particularly if it were to interact with - or complement in some fashion - the new arts center going up.
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2019, 1:40 AM
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Dolese HQ

I've come across some higher quality renderings for the new Dolese Bros. Headquarters.


I've seen most of the exterior renderings before, though not at this large size and resolution.
The interior renderings are completely new to me.

This will be a two-story, 78,000 sf office building for about 150 employees.

It is part of The Half development by American Fidelity on north Broadway.


source: https://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=45173

The last construction photo I've come across is from over a month ago:


This should be complete by mid 2020.
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