Downtown street improvements receive Oklahoma City Council approval

Extending pedestrian-friendly street improvements leads the list of about $38 million in planned projects, including grants to promote economic development.
BY WILLIAM CRUM wcrum@opubco.com Published: February 27, 2013
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More downtown Oklahoma City streets are set to get pedestrian-friendly makeovers.

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday allocated about $38 million in public money for downtown development projects.

The money will be derived from the Downtown and Devon Tower tax increment financing districts.

Heading the list is $26 million primarily intended to extend street improvements already completed in the area around the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Also included is a $2.1 million grant and $800,000 loan for converting largely vacant space for offices and adding parking at the Century Center, 100 W Main.

Details of the projects and cost:

$26 million primarily for street improvements and renovation of the park east of City Hall. Scheduled for construction this year are NW 6 on the north side of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum; blocks on Dean A. McGee, Robert S. Kerr, W Main and N Robinson in the downtown core; and E.K. Gaylord flanking the Cox Convention Center.

$4 million for renovations of the Oklahoma County Annex Building, 320 Robert S. Kerr.

$2.9 million for the Century Center for additional parking and commercial, office, restaurant or retail space.

$2.25 million for parking garage renovations.

$1.5 million for The Oklahoma Publishing Company, publisher of The Oklahoman, which plans to relocate to the Century Center from 9000 N Broadway.

$750,000 for sprucing up Bricktown.

$500,000 for converting parts of the Mideke warehouse, 100 E Main, to apartments.

$500,000 for improving residential alleys in the Cottage District northwest of downtown.