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Five-story apartments proposed for west downtown Oklahoma City arts district

A partnership consisting of the new owners of the Sycamore Square Apartments and local developer Andy Burnett is proposing to build a five-story, $23.4 million apartment complex at the southeast corner of NE 4 and Shartel.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 18, 2014
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A partnership consisting of the new owners of the Sycamore Square Apartments and local developer Andy Burnett is proposing to build a five-story, $23.4 million apartment complex at the southeast corner of NW 4 and Shartel.

The downtown property is the last undeveloped section left of the original Sycamore Square super-block, which was cleared by Urban Renewal in the 1970s. Only Sycamore Square Apartments and Sycamore Square Condominiums were built in the center section of the property (in the early 1980s), leaving large swaths of empty land on the east and west sections of the super-block.

The proposal submitted Monday was the only response to a request for development proposals issued by the Urban Renewal Authority. Dubbed “700 West,” the complex is to offer 72 efficiency units, 120 one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedroom units, and 15 live/work units.

“The live/work units are an opportunity for us to create an artists’ theme, something for artists, architects and start-ups to live above their work space,” Burnett said. “Traditional retail hasn’t done well in some of the standard downtown housing properties. So we’re trying to create a good storefront feel with good interaction with the street for artists, architects and start-ups where they can live upstairs. We’re trying to cater to the creative crowd.”

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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 live/work units are an opportunity for us to create an artists’ theme, something for artists, architects and start-ups to live above their work space.”

Andy Burnett,
Developer

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