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Downtown Oklahoma City housing boom leaving residents cranky

Construction work starts before dawn in the heart of the city.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 5, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: November 4, 2013

If residents at the Brownstones lived outside of downtown, city ordinances would prohibit such noise. But downtown, where big concrete pours are far more likely, is exempted.

One might argue the exemptions were written when people didn't live downtown. But contractors and developers respond that they really have no choice.

Consider that on Mosaic, the foundation and garage level require 900 yards of concrete being delivered by 90 trucks. To get the job done properly, the trucks arrive at 4 a.m. to get the pour done and properly set before nightfall.

The darker it is as the concrete sets, contractors argue, the odds of flaws and cracks increase.

Another developer I've spoken to suggested that if the city required such pours to occur later in the day, costs can climb by millions of dollars — a potential deal killer.

For folks living near Mosaic, the pre-dawn pours are set to continue for seven more days. They will, however, eventually face a couple more developments in the area with similar inconveniences — housing someday at NE 3 and Walnut and the second phase of the Maywood Apartments set to be built this next year at NE 4 and Walnut.

But when that work is done, Deep Deuce will be a “complete” neighborhood. The payoff is already in sight, with grocers, drugstores and other desired retailers now giving far more attention to downtown than they have to date.

The cost of progress downtown involves some bad mornings for residents, but for Deep Deuce, the end is in sight. Midtown, however, is just getting started. My advice: buy earplugs.

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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