“It took us a while to get finished product,” Biddinger said. “They (the developers) ran into some site issues, and then some construction issues. Not much like this had been done in Oklahoma City.”
Biddinger credits the sales boom to a realization that the local economy was relatively immune from the 2009 “great recession.”
“People realized that the local economy wasn't going to crater and sales skyrocketed,” Biddinger said.
The Hill is surrounded by ongoing development, with construction of an Aloft Hotel wrapping up two blocks west, another hotel proposed immediately south the homes, and hundreds of new apartments being built to the northwest.
Site work also is underway for apartments, retail and a hotel to the immediate south of The Hill, at Sheridan and Russell Perry avenues.
Andy Burnett, who is developing the east Bricktown project with Gary Brooks, said Durant's investment will spur even more interest in Deep Deuce and Bricktown.
“Kevin brings a cool factor to the area,” Burnett said. “There is no question that him being in the neighborhood helps. He could live anywhere in the city and yet he's chosen downtown. Imagine that taking place 15 years ago ... that's another testament to how far we've come.”