Construction begins on $36 million apartments in Oklahoma City's MidTown

The site of the $36 million, 250-unit Edge apartments, at NW 13 and Walker Avenue, was long home to the blighted remains of Mercy Hospital until it was acquired and cleared by Oklahoma City in 1998.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: October 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012

Brooks said he considered himself the underdog in the competition for developing the property at NW 13 and Walker as he faced off against Wiggin, Dick Tanenbaum and Marva Ellard.

“When you have names like Wiggin, Tanenbaum and Ellard thrown in, you know the competition was going to be tough,” Brooks said. “I told my team we needed to bring our ‘A-game' like we never had before.”

When selected in August 2011, Brooks promised an aggressive schedule, starting construction in 12 months. He missed that mark by one month — a delay he said was caused by the time needed to get financing.

The turnaround, however, is among the quickest in the history of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and included extra steps of meetings with area residents, submitting to independent architectural review by the firm RTKL and acquiring approval from the Downtown Design Review Committee.

“I obviously had my sales and marketing hat on, and that's OK,” Brooks said. “But I think everyone is happy.”

Brooks estimates the project will be completed within 22 months.

“I think we're a piece that MidTown was missing in terms of size and scope,” Brooks said. “MidTown has everything else in terms of housing, services, retail and restaurants.”

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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The Edge Team

Architect: GTF Design, Bedford, Texas

Civil Engineer: Cardinal Engineering

General Contractor: N.E. Construction, Lewisville, Texas

Financing: Crain Mortgage, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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