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    Published on 11-18-2014 12:14 PM
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    As we've been reporting for the last year, WinCo Foods of Boise, ID is in the process of acquiring four locations in the Oklahoma City area and plans to open all in 2015.

    After finalizing their transaction on their Midwest City location a few weeks ago, WinCo has now closed on the 39th & Portland location, acquiring the 4.7 acres for $2 million.



    This site was formerly home to a hotel, which was demolished several years ago.

    Although there has been no official announcement from WinCo regarding their plans in the area, ...
    Published on 11-13-2014 07:52 PM
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    Revolve Pizza Kitchen, a new quick-service restaurant, is set to open its second location in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, in the newly remodeled Century Center.

    As OKCTalk was first to report, Revolve opened its first location this summer on Memorial road just east of MacArthur. The restaurant has already found an enthusiastic following, drawn by a concept featuring fresh ingredients and service line ordering. Think Chipotle or Qboda for pizza and pasta.


    In addition to individual pizzas with multiple crust, sauce and topping options, Revolve also makes their pasta from scratch and offers many creative salad choices ...
    Published on 11-10-2014 09:04 AM
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    As a part of the tax-funded Project 180, the Myriad Gardens received a massive $40 million makeover and reopened to rave reviews in October of 2011. Since that time the park has become a hub of downtown activity, with a seemingly endless string of features and events.

    As the gardens has just concluded it's third year since renovation, we spoke with Maureen Heffernan, the Executive Director of the Myriad Gardens Foundation, the nonprofit organization that manages the park.
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    Published on 11-06-2014 08:43 AM
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    Final clearing will soon be finished for the MAPS 3 park in downtown Oklahoma City and in advance of the first phase of construction, Hargreaves Associates has released what it has labeled as final plans.

    Hargreaves is a landscape architecture and planning firm that was retained to design the park. They have designed urban parks around the world, including the Olympic Park in London.
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    Published on 10-31-2014 11:10 AM
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    Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center -- formerly City Arts Center -- has revealed preliminary plans for it's new museum complex at 11th and N. Broadway.


    The museum is currently located at the state fairgrounds but bought the downtown property several years ago. They are in the midst of a capital campaign and are confident in their ability to raise the required funds.

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    Published on 11-02-2014 10:55 AM
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    Historic Union Station, at the south end of the proposed MAPS 3 Central Park, is set to be renovated and become the new home for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.


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    Published on 10-30-2014 06:10 PM
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    It appears the long, frustrating saga of downtown's First National Center is finally ready to start a bright new chapter.

    OKCTalk has learned that the entire complex is under contract to an out of state buyer and is set to close on December 31st. They hope to start a comprehensive renovation early next year.

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    The purchase price is unknown at this point but we had previously learned the current owner had received multiple bids over $20 million.

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    Published on 10-30-2014 05:50 PM
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    As OKCTalk first reported in May, WinCo Foods has chosen 4 sites in the Oklahoma City area and this week, they purchased one of them: Midwest Boulevard & Reno in Midwest City.

    This is the site of the long-closed Target and the purchase price was $1.875 million. WinCo plans to demolish the existing building and erect new construction.


    The other three will be: Memorial & Penn, 39th & I-44, and 19th Street in Moore. Recent activity at all three site indicates construction could be starting soon, although no building permits have been issued as of yet.


    WinCo Foods is based in Boise, ID and has been on an aggressive expansion bent. Primarily based in ...
    Published on 10-30-2014 01:48 PM
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    The Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office has purchased the Robinson Renaissance Building at the southwest corner of Park and Robinson.


    Built in 1927 and originally known as the Cravens Building, it consists of 179,887 square feet with 12 floors above ground and a large basement area that features a food court.

    The building received a massive renovation in the mid-80's, which included the addition of a large central atrium.

    Prior to the renovation the building had set vacant for quite some time and there was serious talk of demolition. The developer ...
    Published on 10-28-2014 01:15 PM
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    Yet another Midtown project in the works, this time a mixed-use development on the southwest corner of 9th & Hudson.

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    The 1-acre property is under contract to Northline Development which has done some impressive work in SoSA and is also the developer of the Daebak K restaurant which will soon be starting construction in the Uptown/23rd District.

    This project will feature a 3-story 15,000 square foot commercial building along Hudson, with retail on the ground floor, and office space above. Northline will be occupying the ...
    Published on 10-13-2014 05:23 PM

    Earlier this month, OKCTalk.com posted a story about Edmond-based TEEMCO, a company which had received a great deal of positive exposure and press where bold claims of the company and its chief executive were published without scrutiny or verification.

    We documented in great detail key information which had not been previously reported, including the extensive criminal histories of its two top executives, dubious academic claims, concerning business activities, stalled work on its proposed new headquarters and extravagant spending. See our exclusive report: Troubled times at TEEMCO.

    Now, our continuing investigation has uncovered something even more serious: Allegations that TEEMCO has engaged in practices whereby millions in federal taxes have gone purposely unreported and unpaid.

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    Published on 10-15-2014 10:12 AM
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    The beautiful new Von Maur department store is already open on a "soft" basis ahead of it's official grand opening on October 18th.

    More about this project here: Von Maur article and discussion thread
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    Published on 10-14-2014 12:27 PM
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    Several years ago Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) bought two buildings in the middle of downtown Capitol Hill. The buildings have been empty dating back before their purchase.

    Now, the school has just revealed plans to completely remodel the structures and offer a wide array of classes.

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    The east building was built in the 1940's and was first home to Allen 5-10-15 Store, and then Langston's. Later, the building for Kat's Drug Store was constructed to the west.

    The ambitious renovation plans call for the remake of both buildings, a space of 27,919 square ...
    Published on 10-02-2014 10:36 AM
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    TEEMCO LLC, an oilfield engineering company based in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, thrust themselves into the spotlight over the last year, signing huge endorsement deals with the Oklahoma City Thunder, The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and local CBS television affiliate KWTV, among others.

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    TEEMCO made another big splash when they announced plans to purchase and renovate the historic Gold Dome building in central Oklahoma City, with their CEO Greg Lorson comparing the building's positive electromagnetic energy to golf bracelets and revealing plans that included massive aquariums and the world's largest salt crystal lamp.

    But as these audacious deals were being signed and promoted, TEEMCO and it's chief executive were mired in legal and financial issues, and the troubles appear to be quickly escalating.
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    Published on 10-10-2014 11:53 AM
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    The owners of the Wormy Dog Saloon are proposing a new live music venue for the east end of Bricktown, dubbed Criterion Concert Hall.

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    In 2012, the group bought two properties that were part of the former Stewart Steelworks. This project would be on the eastern end of the block, a parcel of .77 acres with the .73 acre parcel directly to the west. The existing metal buildings on the eastern lot are to be demolished.

    The largely brick building would be 39,606 square feet with a u-shaped upper mezzanine and a capacity of 4,200, coincidentally the exact same as the Brady Theater in Tulsa.
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    Published on 10-03-2014 07:21 PM
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    The University of Central Oklahoma is moving forward with plans to open classrooms in the heart of downtown.

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    A building permit application was recently submitted to finish out 8,400 square feet on the lower level of Carnegie Centre.


    UCO plans to use the space to expand their presence by reaching out to working adults with a broad range of lower division, upper division and graduate courses.
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    Published on 09-24-2014 12:19 PM
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    The old Bank of America drive-thru facility at 425 Robert S. Kerr has sold to local investors who are planning a building with retail, parking and offices.

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    The .7231 acre parcel was sold for $1.8 million to an LLC owned by Mazaheri Properties of Oklahoma City. Mazaheri owns the Bricktown Power Alley Parking Garage and several shopping centers and commercial properties primarily along the Memorial Road corridor.
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    Published on 09-22-2014 03:08 PM
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    As we were first to report in March, Corner Bakery will open it's first location in Oklahoma on N. Pennsylvania Avenue, just north of Memorial Road.


    Construction is moving quickly, and the local franchisees have targeted December 18, 2014 for opening.

    A total of 3 to 4 locations are planned for the Oklahoma City area. The next location will be in Norman, as negotiations are in the final stages to acquire property near I-35.
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    Published on 09-19-2014 04:50 PM
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    Plans are in the works to convert an old electric sub-station into offices and a yoga studio.

    There will be a small addition but apart from new windows and some clean up, the original building will be left largely as-is. Note the cool old wire insulators that are still embedded in the building's walls.

    Location is 2412 N. Ollie, on the southeast corner of Ollie and NW 24th.



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    Published on 09-17-2014 05:23 PM
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    This week heavy demolition equipment moved onto the site of the Morris A. Mechanic Theater in the heart of downtown Baltimore.


    The Mechanic opened in the late 60's, was designed by renowned architect John M. Johansen, sported highly polarizing concrete architecture from the genre now known as brutalism, had been abandoned and neglected for a number of years, experienced several failed revitalization efforts and campaigns to save it, and was purchased by a local developer who won controversial approval to raze it in favor of a high rise complex.

    Haven't we seen this movie before?

    It turns out people in Oklahoma City certainly have, ...

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