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$42.5 million apartment complex announced for Midtown

Project would add 327 new apartments.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: October 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013
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The design is unlike any residential development underway, completed or contemplated downtown or elsewhere in Oklahoma City.

The building will be five stories high and face the northwest corner of NW 10 and Shartel Avenue roundabout, with an all-glass facade on the ground level of the corner where 4,500 square feet will be available for retail space.

Three very different balcony styles and sizes face the two main streets. The facade, meanwhile, will consist of cement boards, metal, glass and masonry.

Unlike other large complexes being built downtown, the 455-space garage will be built on the outer northwest corner of the property. That corner faces surface parking on both sides, including a planned new headquarters for Catholic Charities of Oklahoma.

“This site deserves a custom solution, because of the views, being next to St. Anthony, and being on the traffic circle,” Leazenby said. “You need different types of balconies. And it goes along with the size of units — some units will be larger and need larger balconies, while others are smaller, and they might not be used as much, so the balconies might not be used as much.”

Brooks and Leazenby say some details still need to be finalized before they file their application for consideration Nov. 19 by the Downtown Design Review Committee. They hope to start construction April 1, with an opening 18 months later.

The pair also plan to seek an unspecified amount of Tax Increment Financing assistance for the project. They also will ask the city to allow for angled street parking to be added along NW 10.

Leazenby said Midtown was his company's first choice for entering the Oklahoma City market.

“We're looking for other neighborhoods for sure,” Leazenby said. “We are committing to more than just this one project. But we like Midtown first because of all the energy, and the chance for success is very high because of all the momentum already taking place.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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