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Kevin Durant's purchase is just one sign of downtown Oklahoma City's housing boom

Multiple apartment complexes are planned, or under construction already in downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 16, 2013

/articleid/3862605/1/pictures/2159456">Photo - Hundreds of for-sale and rental homes are being built around a revived downtown skyline. <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN</strong>
Hundreds of for-sale and rental homes are being built around a revived downtown skyline. PAUL HELLSTERN

Bradshaw also is preparing to build more housing on lots left undeveloped among the Brownstones at Maywood Park.

The list goes on; construction is set to start this next year on the 250-unit east Bricktown apartments on the former site of Stewart Metal Fabrication. And plans for yet another large complex will be unveiled later this week for the corner of NW 8 and Oklahoma by the Houston-based Bomasada Group.

Add in at least a couple more developments that aren't ready to be announced, and the housing construction downtown is set to top 1,000 apartments and for-sale homes.

Not mentioned in this list so far is The Hill, a for-sale housing development that has long been the quiet underdog among the various projects. As I reported last week, sales that started out slow have turned brisk, and the developer, Bill Canfield, is pretty much selling the town homes as fast as they get built. And when The Hill is complete, it will add 155 owner-occupied homes into Deep Deuce.

So everything was going great before Durant bought two of The Hill units and pulled a building permit to convert them into one 7,400-square-foot residence. Did downtown and Deep Deuce need the Thunder star to light up interest in living downtown? Absolutely not.

But with one of the NBA's brightest superstars living in the neighborhood, an elementary set to open and downtown events and amenities creating unprecedented interest in living downtown, the projects we're seeing now may just be the start of even more ambitious housing development to come.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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