“I would consider this project unsuccessful, or to have not met our goal, if we can't keep our price points at a more reasonable level than we have elsewhere downtown,” Brooks said. “My goal is to keep quality of life here as good as anywhere else downtown.”
How would it look?
The Bricktown Urban Design Committee, which will hear the formal application later this summer, gave high marks to the initial presentation.
The apartment facade would be 60 percent brick and 40 percent aluminum panels.
Brooks also revealed that a Hyatt hotel could be a candidate for the corner of Sheridan and Russell Perry Avenues on the far west corner of the property. Three large murals could be added along the facade of the garages on the north side
The complex also will include three interior courtyards, a clubhouse and a pool.
Brooks said the ground floor retail is the big unknown, but that several national retailers have shown interest in the space.
“We have a lot of retail frontage and I worry about that. There aren't many projects like this. I'm not sure we've done apartments with retail mixed use very well yet. I'm concerned about doing it well,” Brooks said.
Members of the Bricktown Urban Design Committee applauded the project and praised Brooks' efforts at balancing different income level residents with retaining design quality, and moving forward with a mix of retail.
“A less expensive project doesn't mean less design,” said committee member and architect Tom Wilson. “And I think this is an excellent approach to balancing cost versus being appropriate for Bricktown.”