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    Published on 04-01-2015 11:32 AM
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    As the first step in developing the ambitious 114 acre Wheeler District mixed-use project on the south shore of the Oklahoma River, the developers are set to install a Ferris wheel and recreational plaza this summer.


    Wheeler is being developed on the site of the old Downtown Airpark by the Humpheys Partners, led by Blair Humphreys. Last year the group hosted a series of design workshops that included well-know urban planning professionals as well as members of the community. The result was a master plan for housing, recreation, entertainment, and retail that will be developed over the next decade.
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    Published on 03-29-2015 08:51 AM
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    Details continue to solidify for an ambitious retail project planned for Classen Curve, Nichols Hills Plaza and the areas in between.
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    Published on 03-26-2015 05:52 PM
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    Candor Public Relations has purchased a recently renovated building at 729 W. Sheridan with plans to make it the headquarters for their growing enterprise.
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    Published on 03-24-2015 05:10 PM
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    As the food truck scene continues to heat up in Oklahoma City, a second food truck park looks to follow in the footsteps of the popular Bleu Garten in Midtown.

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    Published on 03-20-2015 04:47 PM
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    Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary — four shipping containers, repurposed as an innovative two-story, 1,173 square-foot gallery located at NW 11th and Broadway — opens to the public with a ribbon-cutting and open house Thursday, March 26.

    Designed by HSE Architects, the Showroom serves as the first step toward Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s future home on the 4.6-acre site, temporarily housing exhibitions, events and an art library.

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    Published on 03-12-2015 05:07 PM
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    Yes, indoor skydiving.

    iFLY out of Austin has signed a deal to open a location at Chisholm Creek in far north Oklahoma City.

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    Published on 03-12-2015 12:36 PM
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    As we were first to report in June of last year, a large hotel developer based in Tulsa bought a .7 acre lot and warehouse in the Core to Shore area east of the MAPS 3 Central Park.
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    Published on 03-12-2015 09:32 AM
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    A few days ago, we wrote about the growing trend of young, local entrepreneurs opening intimate bars and restaurants in the urban core.

    A similar movement has been happening in retail and yet another boutique is set open in the Midtown / Automobile Alley area, which is quickly becoming a hotbed for such stores.
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    Published on 03-08-2015 12:20 PM
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    As a surging Midtown expands to the northwest towards the thriving Plaza District and Gatewood neighborhood, the next hot spot in urban Oklahoma City seems to be the southern part of Classen Boulevard and the area to the west.
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    Published on 03-06-2015 09:47 AM
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    Bricktown pioneer Avis Scaramucci today announced “Bricktown West” restaurant as the new tenant to occupy the iconic Oklahoma City space at the corner of Mickey Mantle and Sheridan, formerly home to local favorite Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar.
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    Published on 03-03-2015 02:56 PM
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    OKCTalk has learned that the City of Oklahoma City plans to withdraw their pending eminent domain action to acquire the property directly south of the Myriad Gardens, thus ending their pursuit of that site for the MAPS 3 convention center and hotel.
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    Published on 03-03-2015 10:00 AM
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    Champion Hotels of Oklahoma City is planning a $7 million 5-story Residence Inn on the former site of the fabled Continental Theater.

    The theater had been closed and abandoned for years before being demolished. Now, the new hotel will rise in it's place directly south of the recently renovated Founders Tower.
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    Published on 02-27-2015 12:10 PM
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    The Pasteur Medical Building and the Midtown block it occupies is set to get a significant renovation.
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    Published on 02-23-2015 12:32 PM
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    A $9.5 million building permit and construction trailer application was just filed for the new Bricktown SpringHill Suites.

    The five-story hotel will feature 126 rooms in the suddenly booming eastern end of Bricktown.
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    Published on 02-17-2015 06:41 PM
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    Remodeling is well underway at the old Bikini's Sports Bar at 2747 W. Memorial to convert the building into Infernos Wood Fired Pizza.
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    Published on 02-19-2015 11:47 AM
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    Aerospace giant Boeing is working towards doubling the size of its growing campus on the southern edge of Tinker Air Force Base.
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    Published on 02-19-2015 11:05 AM
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    The J.I. Case Plow Works Building -- best known for it's landmark water tower on the Bricktown canal -- will soon get two new tenants after sitting vacant for decades.
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    Published on 02-18-2015 04:56 PM
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    As we were first to report back in late 2013, H&M has been working with Quail Springs Mall trying to find enough space for their men's and women's clothing store.

    Today, a building permit application was submitted for the international retailer. They will be taking 22,713 square feet on two levels.

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    Published on 02-18-2015 09:30 AM
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    The historic building in Deep Deuce that houses Urban Roots restaurant was sold last week to a local group.

    The new owners, Lead Vision Media, plan to renovate the top floor of the 2-story structure and make it the new home for their advertising agency, which is currently located in Midwest City.
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    Published on 02-17-2015 06:26 PM
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    The 194-room Embassy Suites Downtown / Medical Center has opened, adding yet more rooms to the exploding hotel market in the urban core.

    The six-story, $25 million project is located at 741 N. Phillips is the first hotel in the Health Sciences Center.

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    Published on 02-16-2015 09:32 AM
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    The intersection of MacArthur and Memorial continues to boom, and more retail space and a new restaurant are well under construction.

    "Big Dog Daddy’s Ice House is the latest venture by Singer/Song Writer Toby Keith & Hal Smith Restaurant Group featuring ice cold brews, build your own hot dogs, burgers, pizzas, & you can even build your own Jalapeño SPAM Sandwich!"

    The restaurant design is described as "old classic Texas Ice House feel" and will be the third location, with the others in Norman and Lawton.
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    Published on 02-12-2015 11:11 AM
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    Steve Willingham, current roaster at popular Elemental Coffee in Midtown, is set to open a new coffee shop in the new Arts Center parking garage at 431 W. Main.

    The new venture will be called Clarity Coffee and take 1,334 square feet at the far east end of the garage on Main Street. The location is directly across from the proposed 499 Sheridan complex.
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    Published on 02-11-2015 06:15 PM
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    The Hunzicker Building -- a key and highly visible part of Bricktown -- will soon receive a major renovation and be rechristened the Jim Brewer Building, in honor of the man that was one of the founding fathers of the urban district.

    Brewer's sons, Brent and Brett, now own the property and plan to convert the long-vacant two upper floors to residential units with balconies on the 3rd level facing the canal.

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    Published on 02-11-2015 10:58 AM
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    Room 222 at the Brick is set to open soon in the Power Alley parking garage in Bricktown.

    The new restaurant and bar will occupy 4,000 square feet on the far east end of the ground floor, directly next to the Hampton Inn and feature a large, u-shaped bar.
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    Published on 02-09-2015 11:02 AM
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    As we reported in our October 2, 2014 article Troubled times at TEEMCO and our follow-up report TEEMCO implicated in massive tax evasion scheme, the Edmond-based company has been embroiled in legal and financial problems almost from its formation in 2010, and those issues continue.

    Several new lawsuits have been filed against the company and its CEO Greg Lorson in just the last few weeks.
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    Published on 02-06-2015 06:05 PM
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    A Good Egg Dining Group -- proprietors of Cheever's, Red Prime, Kitchen No. 324 and several other popular local restaurants -- has released plans for its newest project, The Drake.
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    Published on 02-06-2015 08:48 AM
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    After much speculation, OKCTalk has learned that Trader Joe's has signed a letter of intent to lease the old Crescent Market space at Nichols Hills Plaza.

    Also, we've learned Recreational Equipment Inc., commonly known as REI, will open a store in a new development to the immediate south.
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    Published on 02-05-2015 09:49 AM
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    Booming Hobby Lobby opened its first major office building this week on its rapidly growing West Oklahoma City campus.

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    Employees started moving into the Finance and Information Technology (FIT) building on Tuesday, a 143,878 square feet, 3-story structure.
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    Published on 02-03-2015 11:56 AM
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    At today's City Council Meeting, Public Works Director Eric Wenger provided an update to the Council on the renovation of the Santa Fe Depot, which will serve as an intermodal transit hub.

    Renovation design plans are in the early stages, with the project expected to be complete in two years.
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    Published on 01-27-2015 11:21 AM
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    Yesterday, the board of directors for Preservation Oklahoma voted not to appeal the decision of the Downtown Design Review Committee which approved the proposed demolition of 9 historic downtown buildings.

    See earlier article: Preservationist look to save nine downtown buildings

    In the case of the Stage Center demolition immediately to the south of these properties, the group had filed an appeal with the Board of Adjustment, which narrowly upheld the decision to allow demolition.

    Since this avenue will not be pursued, the only possible hurdle remaining for the 499 Sheridan project ...
    Published on 01-22-2015 04:02 PM
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    Yesterday morning (1/22/15) management at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City met with store managers to announce plans that would bring several new restaurants to the project.

    As shown in the image below, the plan is to add Ted's Cafe Escondido, Garage Burgers & Beer, Jimmy's Egg, OnCue and Tayo Mayo on the out parcels to the west of the center.
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    Published on 01-21-2015 03:34 PM
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    Bobby Dennis, one of the original proprietors of CityWalk and Murphy's, has started construction on a new multi-theme upscale club in the penthouse level space atop JDM Place on the Bricktown Canal. The previous occupant was Skky Bar which closed last year.

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    Published on 01-20-2015 03:44 PM
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    The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve a request for proposals for a hotel serving the MAPS 3 Convention Center.



    The move allows City staff to solicit proposals from hotel operators interested in the project. The proposed hotel would likely be among the largest hotels in the city, and would primarily serve large groups of visitors in need of full-service hotel amenities when attending events at the Convention Center. The Council also voted to approve an agreement with Public Financial Management, Inc., to explore possible financing options for the hotel.
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    Published on 01-20-2015 11:57 AM
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    Clayco, the Chicago developer planning to build a large office and residential project collectively known as OG&E Energy Center, released detailed plans for the first phase of that project, an office building and parking garage to be principally occupied by OG&E.

    This first building will be known as OG&E Energy Plaza.
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    Published on 01-13-2015 10:32 AM
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    The Lyric Theatre in the Plaza District has a applied for Simplified Planned Unit Development (SPUD) rezoning to allow for liquor sales.

    Over the years, the Lyric has used an outside catering company to sell alcoholic drinks to patrons attending performances and events at the theater.
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    Published on 01-10-2015 01:49 PM
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    The Advanced Science & Technology Education Charter Schools (ASTEC) is moving forward with plans to build a new facility near the Fairgrounds in central Oklahoma City. A building permit application was recently submitted for an ambitious new campus.


    ASTEC Middle School started in 2000 and was Oklahoma's first start-up charter school. ASTEC Charter High School was added in 2006. Both currently lease a combined 50,000 square feet of space in Shepherd Mall.
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    Published on 01-10-2015 11:43 AM
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    Walmart is set to open yet another Super Center in the Oklahoma City area, this time at SW 104th and Interstate 44.

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    The store would be 186,933 square feet and included an 8-pump service station in a separate facility along the 104th street frontage.
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    Published on 01-08-2015 12:59 PM
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    A local developer is set to present plans for a 18-hole miniature golf course on a key property along the Bricktown canal.


    Chris Johnson owns the largest piece of undeveloped land on the canal and on January 14th will present to the Bricktown Design Review Committee.
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    Published on 01-08-2015 10:02 AM
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    OnCue has plans to open yet another Oklahoma City area location, this time on the southeast corner of May & Hefner in North OKC.

    Last week, the company purchased the old Discount Tire location and spent $1.15 million on the 1.1 acre property. Sources tell us they also have the recently closed Conoco station under contract and are working to acquire the neighboring veterinary office.
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    Published on 01-07-2015 05:21 PM
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    Key members of the City of Oklahoma City staff recently met with the city council to discuss creating a new Tax Increment Funding (TIF) district to help fund the proposed OG&E Energy Center and a parking garage and hotel for the new convention center.
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    Published on 01-02-2015 09:57 AM
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    The Markham Motors Building at 512 N. Broadway in the Automobile Alley district will finally see new life soon, when construction starts to renovate the structure into the new the headquarters for New Source Energy Partners.


    An LLC tied to New Source bought the building in 2013 for $1.4 million. The company currently leases office space at 914 N. Broadway.
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    Published on 01-01-2015 10:32 AM
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    As part as an aggressive strategy to enter the Oklahoma City market after more than a decade's absence, Dairy Queen is set to open in it's third area location on north Penn near Quail Springs Mall.


    Like the existing locations in Moore and Del City, this will be a "Grill & Chill" concept that the fast food company has been rolling out all over the country. Since 2002, DQ has opened over 1,000 such locations.
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    Published on 12-27-2014 12:03 PM
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    A group led by Preservation Oklahoma is hoping to stop plans to demolish nine historic properties in the heart of downtown.

    Hines Development recently revealed plans to build a 27-story office tower and two parking garages on the block directly west of the Devon Energy Center. Dubbed 499 Sheridan, Devon Energy will be a major tenant and the architect is Pickard Chilton who also teamed with Hines to build the Devon complex.

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    Published on 12-26-2014 04:38 PM
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    Oklahoma City Community Church (OKCCC) is planning to move to a permanent location directly east of the Tower Theater on NW 23rd, right in the middle of the surging Uptown District.

    OKCCC is currently holding their services in the Civic Center and have the building at 421 NW 23rd under contract to purchase. They have also filed a $500,000 building permit to convert the 9,600 square foot space to their new home.

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    Published on 12-17-2014 08:22 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 12:52 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 05:55 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 06:14 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 06:16 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 09:20 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 01:13 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 10:34 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 04:44 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 03:52 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 11:14 AM
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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.

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    Published on 11-13-2014 06:52 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 08:04 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 07:43 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 10:10 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 09:55 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 05:10 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 04:50 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 12:48 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 12:15 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 04:23 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 09:12 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 11:27 AM
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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 09:36 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 10:53 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 06:21 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 11:19 AM
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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 02:08 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 03:50 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 04:23 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, ...
    Published on 09-15-2014 06:26 PM
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    In August of 2013, an LLC headed by local developer Ron Bradshaw purchased the old Page Woodson School and announced plans to redevelop the historic structure into housing. The school is just to the south of the booming Health Sciences Center in near Northeast OKC.



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    The school is situated in the middle of several blocks owned by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority (OCURA) and after receiving a proposal from Bradshaw's group to develop the surrounding properties as well, OCURA decided to issue a formal RFP to determine if there may be other developers who may be interested.

    In OCURA's meeting this Wednesday, they ...
    Published on 09-15-2014 05:53 PM
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    As we first reported in April, Oklahoma City will get it's first Vitamin Shoppe across from Quail Springs Mall on Memorial Road.

    Vitamin Shoppe is a New Jersey-based chain of 500 stores that offers thousands of nutritional supplements through it's stores and website. They have a location near Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa.

    The OKC store will have just over 3,000 square feet and is set to open September 20th.
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    Published on 09-12-2014 12:55 PM
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    As OKCTalk first reported in early June, several key properties in the heart of Bricktown were under contract to be sold to a group headed by local broker/investor/developer Andy Burnett.

    The County Assessor just recorded the sale of the half of these properties (labeled 5 through 8 below) in a $5.8 million transaction that closed September 2nd.

    The four properties represent 3 historic buildings that total 34,800 square feet of office space and a surface parking lot. We have heard from reputable sources there are active plans to sell off the parking lot to another ...
    Published on 09-12-2014 02:57 PM
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    The Western Avenue Association is planning to enhance the community along its district’s corridor by commissioning local artists to create murals at five different sites. The participating artists have been vetted by the Association’s Selection Committee and chosen based on established criteria.

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    Published on 09-10-2014 04:50 AM
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    The City of Oklahoma City recently contracted with Populous, a large architectural firm and master planner who is also behind the planning for the new MAPS 3 convention center.

    The stated goals of the Convention Center District Concept Plan:
    • Identify the most viable sites for private development relating to and integrating to the convention center and hotel facilities
    • Define the recommended character of the district to facilitate its function as “center for conventions”, weaving the project into the existing urban framework
    • Create a unified pedestrian experience, connecting each primary hug of activity and linking
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    Published on 09-10-2014 05:46 AM
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    This 32-unit apartment complex in the heart of the Paseo Arts District just sold to an investment group headed by Jeremy Foraker for $1.35 million. Foraker is also the developer for the newly announced restaurant and office complex proposed at NW 28th & Walker.

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    The Market at Paseo was built in 1966 in the Mediterranean style that is typical of the district, and features a well-landscaped courtyard.
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    Published on 09-09-2014 03:03 PM
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    Chase Bank has submitted an application to the Downtown Design Review Committee to rebuild on the triangular property they own at 3rd & Brodway.

    The existing structures -- a small bank building and two large banks of drive-through lanes -- were built in 1972 by Liberty Bank. At that time, Oklahoma Banking laws prohibited banks to have more than one location and any ancillary facilities were required to be within a few blocks of the headquarters. This is one of several old banking drive-through facilities around the periphery of downtown, all remnants of failed downtown banks and defunct laws.

    The proposal calls for a 4,000 square foot bank building on the far north end ...
    Published on 09-09-2014 10:23 AM
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    The Clark Building and small parcels on either side have sold to Robert Meinders for $3.75 million.

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    The historic warehouse was purchased and the renovated into a dream home by Larry and Regina Waters, with commercial space on the ground floor. Recent health problems prompted the couple to put the property on the market.

    Meinders is a local investor and developer who recently sold the former Stewart Metal buildings in east Bricktown to Gary Brooks, which is now being developed into the Steelyard. He also owns property on the NE corner of Walnut & NE 4th which ...
    Published on 09-05-2014 11:43 AM
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    $28.9 million in building permits were filed today for the first phase of the Steelyard, the first large apartment complex in the Bricktown district.

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    The project is being developed by Gary Brooks who is currently wrapping up a similar project in Midtown called The Edge at Midtown. That complex is expected to open to new tenants in the next month.

    Steelyard will offer 250 apartments, retail space along Sheridan, a parking structure and a Hyatt Place hotel, which will be developed separately.

    The site was the former home to ...
    Published on 09-05-2014 10:46 AM
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    In August of 2012, an LLC affiliated with SandRidge Energy purchased the 1.83 acres shown in yellow below from OPUBCO for $1.97 million.

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    We know from several good sources that LandRun Commercial (developers of The Rise) now has the property under contract.

    This parcel is surrounded by land owned by the City of Oklahoma City (show in pink) and was once considered for the new headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce. Combined with the SandRidge property, this vacant site is over 3.4 acres; by way of comparison, the ...
    Published on 09-04-2014 02:35 PM
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    A building permit application was filed today to renovate and expand the historic Flatiron Building at 126 N. Harrison.

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    The structure is being redeveloped by Chuck Ainsworth in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and will be the new home for Physicians Liability Insurance Co. (PLICO) with the possibility of retail on the first floor. There will be a third floor added to the two-story structure. Total cost is estimated at $4 million.
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    Published on 09-04-2014 11:14 AM
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    The heart of downtown will soon have a new YMCA location to be located in the Century Center, which is currently undergoing a massive development effort.

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    To be located between the new headquarters for OPUBCO and the existing Sheraton hotel, the Y will feature large locker rooms, extensive areas areas for cardio and weight machines, as well as free weights and cardio / group exercise rooms.

    This would be the third Y in central OKC, with the main branch at 4th & Broadway and a smaller sattelite location at Plaza Court in ...
    Published on 09-04-2014 09:11 AM
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    WSKY Cigar and Whiskey Lounge has been such a success at NE 2nd and Central Avenue in Deep Deuce, the proprietors decided to open a new concept in the space immediately south to be called Slaughter's Hall.

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    This new operation will be non-smoking and feature east coast deli options including house made pastrami, corned beef, sauerkraut, and pickles, as well as 30 beers on tap and another 40-50 in bottles.
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    Published on 09-03-2014 09:31 AM
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    Nourished Food Bar is coming late fall to Carnegie Centre.

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    Nourished is a food coaching operation: "We coach and consult people with food allergies, sensitivities and habits – who are seeking a change in how they eat, think and feel."

    They will be moving their business to Carnegie and also opening a food bar which according to their owners "Will be a grab-and-go clean eats with a menu that features fresh and seasonal soups, salads, wraps, smoothies, and bites."

    Initially, they will be a lunch-only ...
    Published on 09-03-2014 07:01 AM
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    TierPoint, a Saint Louis-based data center operator, is adding a 70,000 square foot building to their 15-acre campus in northwest Oklahoma City.

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    An $8 million building permit has been issued and construction has commenced adjacent to their existing 20,000 square foot facility that opened in 2009.

    The expansion is due to increased demand for off-site and contingency data centers. TierPoint's Oklahoma City clients include American Energy Partners and BancFirst.
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    Published on 09-03-2014 06:49 AM
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    A group of local investors have obtained a franchise from Dallas-based D-BAT to build and operate a huge new indoor softball training complex near NW 122nd and Western.

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    The facility will offer 14 batting and pitching cages, a pro shop, and a full baseball infield with a 65 foot roof. The building will span almost 50,000 total square feet. Construction has commenced.
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    Published on 09-02-2014 07:05 PM
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    The old Pearl's at 1920 S. Meridian was sold in May to Sooner Traditions (homebuilders) for $650,000. This location is directly north of Charlestons.

    7/7/14: Building permit application for $260,000 to convert to a new restaurant called Five Star Grille.

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    Published on 09-02-2014 01:32 PM
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    Local developer / investor Nick Preftakes owns everything on this block but #'s 2, 3, 4 and 16. The buildings shaded green are probably safe from demolition.

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    The likely scenario is that buildings 5 through 8 will make way for a new office tower that would likely stand 20 to 30 stories. Reputable sources tell us that Bank of Oklahoma and Devon would be the primary tenants. As we've reported, Devon is leasing quite a bit of space in Corporate Tower and Robinson Plaza (formerly known as the IRS Building) and needs room ...
    Published on 09-01-2014 06:26 PM
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    8/27/14 Update: $12.15 million building permit application for 80,030 square foot building at 1200 W. Memorial.

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    As we've reported, Cabela's is very close to announcing it's first location in Oklahoma, most likely in the Chisholm Creek development at Memorial and Western -- same development as TopGolf.
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    Published on 09-01-2014 06:16 PM
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    Plans have firmed up for the first MAPS 3 Senior Wellness Center, to be located in far north OKC.

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    $52 million has been allocated for 3 centers and this location will be operated by Healthy Living, Inc., an affiliate of Putnam City Baptist Church.
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    Published on 09-01-2014 06:20 PM
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    This building is under contract to a group of local investors and set to close 8/15/14. It was sold just last year to an LLC that tracks back to Don Karchmer. We know the name of the primary investor but will withhold until closing; it is yet another local businessman (with partners) entering urban development.

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    Preliminary plans are to renovate and include a bar facing Walnut with residences behind. Future improvements may include a new structure on the east end of the property, as there is a large parking area behind the main structure.

    This was ...
    Published on 09-01-2014 12:12 PM
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    Schlumberger -- the world's largest oilfield services company -- is building a large office and manufacturing facility in far west Oklahoma City for it's PathFinder division.

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    PathFinder makes tools which are used to steer horizontal wells, an increasingly common strategy in oilfields.

    When contacted, Schlumberger corporate communications issued the following statement: "No details on this facility are being released at the moment."

    However, the location of at the southwest corner of NW 10th and Sara Road is already being cleared and we have obtained construction plans shown below. ...
    Published on 09-01-2014 11:49 AM
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    Another huge warehouse / distribution center for far west Oklahoma City, this time for American Tire Distributors.

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    The building is under construction on the NW corner of Council and Highway 152. It will be 233,340 square feet on 25.8 acres and with construction costs of $8.3 million. The property and are owned by an North Carolina LLC and the company will lease from them.

    American Tire currently leases about 92,000 square feet near SW 36th & Meridian; this will represent a significant expansion. They serve several states ...
    Published on 09-01-2014 11:44 AM
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    This tiny (392 square feet) historic building built in 1920 at NW 24th & Classen is set to get a full renovation.

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    The windows and doors will be replaced, the awning will be removed and replaced with a metal version, and period light fixtures will be installed.
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    Published on 09-01-2014 11:09 AM
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    Hobby Lobby has submitted plans for yet another huge warehouse, and at 1,906,000 square feet and a cost of $88 million, this will be their largest yet.

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    Labeled as the "Moore Tract" below, it would bring their total warehouse and office space to over 8,000,000 square feet in far west Oklahoma City. For perspective, the old GM plant is roughly half that size.

    They are also very close to finishing their new corporate headquarters.

    Hobby Lobby is now the largest private sector employer in Oklahoma City with over 4,000 employees. Their ...
    Published on 09-01-2014 12:08 PM
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    As we first discussed back in July of 2013, a national retailer has been scouting for 4 sites in Oklahoma City and we can now report that it is WinCo Foods.

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    Several sources have confirmed they have agreed to terms on four locations: Memorial & Penn, 39th & I-44 and Reno, Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City, and 19th Street in Moore.

    WinCo Foods is based in Boise, ID and has been on an aggressive expansion bent. Primarily based in the western states, they just opened two stores in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in February with several more already in the works for that market. They are also ...

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