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.