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    Published on 12-17-2014 09:22 PM
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    Hines Development is set to seek approval of the demolition of several historic buildings on the block just west of Devon Energy Center to make room for a new 27-story office tower and 2 parking garages dubbed 499 Sheridan.


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    Published on 12-16-2014 01:52 PM
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    The property that is home to Bricktown Burgers at 300 E. Main Street was just sold and is yet another transaction on the suddenly hot Main Street corridor.



    Sales price was $675,000 for the small 2,500 square foot building and .12 acre lot. The property had changed hands in 2007 for $245,000.
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    Published on 12-15-2014 06:55 PM
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    Enable Midstream Partners plans to add 108 new jobs in Oklahoma City over the next five years with an average salary of over $100,000.



    On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust will consider approving $450,000 in incentives as part of an on-going job creation plan. The payments are made annually to employers who add high-paying jobs and meet established thresholds.
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    Published on 12-11-2014 07:14 AM
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    Local investor and developer Nick Preftakes owns everything on the block bounded by Walker, Hudson, Main and Sheridan but #'s 2, 3, 4 and 16 in the graphic below. 16 is surface lot owned by the City but it's likely it could be incorporated into the larger plans for the block.

    We've known for a while that Pickard Chilton -- the architects that designed Devon Tower -- have been working on a new office building for this block.
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    Published on 12-11-2014 07:16 AM
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    As we reported on 3/12/14, this property was sold to an LLC headed by Jeremy Foraker, one of the former leads for Land Run (The Rise) who has formed his own development and brokerage company.


    Now, plans have been submitted for a mixed-use project with a restaurant, coffee shop and multi-tenant office space. The building would be 9,048 square feet on two levels and is located on a highly-visible property at the southern entrance to the Paseo District. It is currently a vacant lot.
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    Published on 12-10-2014 10:20 AM
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    As we were first to report on this summer, the historic building at 400 N. Walnut sold to local investors in August and plans have now been revealed for a dramatic redevelopment.

    The structure was originally built for the OKC Board of Education in 1919 and was then home to the Toll / Turnpike authority starting in the late 50's. More recently, it's been a variety of other uses and is currently vacant. 17,632 total square feet, sits on just under .7 acres.

    The new plans call for significant additions and modifications that will transform the building into something almost completely unrecognizable from it's current appearance.

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    Published on 12-09-2014 02:13 PM
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    Oklahoma City's first 80's theme pub with 80's classic arcade games and dance music from the era is set to open in the west end of Film Row at 814 W. Sheridan. They will be occupying a sizable 3,500 square foot space at the east end of the building.


    FlashBack had originally planned to open in The Rise development on N.W. 23rd but delays surrounding that project caused them to look for another location.

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    Published on 12-04-2014 11:34 AM
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    The City of Oklahoma City recently acquired the historic Santa Fe Station in downtown Oklahoma City with the long-term plan of converting it to a transportation hub.


    As of today, the station onlysees two Amtrak trains a day -- the Heartland Flyer -- that shuttles to and from Ft. Worth.

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    However, the new streetcar will start to roll in a couple of years, there is on-going talk about expanding Amtrak service, the hope is one day commuter rail will be running to Edmond, Norman, Midwest City and beyond, and there is the possibility of the bus station being integrated.
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    Published on 12-01-2014 05:44 PM
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    A high-profile but vacant property at 1701 N. Classen Boulevard has sold to local developers.

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    The Dan Dill Companies purchased the building and 1.1 acres of land last month for $500,000 and are exploring development options.


    The large and elaborate structure is on the northwest corner of NW 16th & Classen, an intersection that serves as a key gateway to the rapidly emerging Plaza District.


    The building itself has a colorful history. Built in 1949 for Herman's, it was one of Oklahoma's first seafood ...
    Published on 12-01-2014 04:52 PM
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    Zoe's Kitchen -- a quick-service Mediterranean restaurant -- will soon start construction on it's 3rd Oklahoma City location, this time at the Triangle at Classen Curve.

    Zoe's recently opened a location near Quail Springs Mall and also has a location in Norman and two in Tulsa.

    The new lease is part of an on-going effort by Glimcher, a large real estate investment and development company from Columbus, Ohio which recently bought Classen Curve, Nichols Hills Plaza and some vacant property from Chesapeake Energy. Read more about this transaction their plans HERE.

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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 ...

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