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  • More apartments coming to downtown's Sycamore Square

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Owners plan to add a new building, and convert two-bed units into smaller residences.

  • Bricktown Flyer may already be grounded

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Proposed amusement ride finds little support among officials.

  • Planning sessions set for new development along Oklahoma River

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Blair Humphreys, who is leading development of “Wheeler,” will be hosting the public planning sessions with Victor Dover, a renowned expert on livable communities and sustainable development and author of “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.”

  • Hotels spring up in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    If planned projects develop, Bricktown could be home to nine hotels with more than 1,400 rooms.

  • Rand Elliott has plan to develop Flatiron block in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The site, at Harrison Avenue and NW 4 in Oklahoma City, has been home to Elliott Associates Architects for nearly 20 years.

  • Oklahoma City's ban on food trucks in Bricktown limits choices for visitors

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Oklahoma City business owners remain opposed to allowing mobile food and drink providers in Bricktown.

  • Bricktown Design Committee will hear pitch for 220-foot-high “Star Flyer” ride

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    If built, the Star Flyer Ride would provide view, thrills in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.

  • Home of the Week: 8508 NW 74, Oklahoma City

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The 2,305-square-foot home at 8508 NW 74 has four bedrooms, three baths, one living area, two dining areas and an attached three-car garage. The large kitchen has a breakfast nook and walk-in pantry.

  • New program a 'dream come true' for some homebuyers

    BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    OHFA Dream has less-restrictive qualifications to help get people on a potentially quicker path to home ownership with down payment assistance — not restricted to first-time buyers.

  • Permits

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Oklahoma City Sanders Development Corp., 15700 Cambria Court, residence, erect, $800,000. Pascal Aughtry Associates, 13925 N MacArthur Blvd., restaurant, remodel, $800,000. Cornerstone Homes By Chris Moock LLC, 4020 NE 117, residence, erect, $798,000. Bob Duncan & Sons Inc., 3205 NW 176 Place, residence, erect, $600,000. Vulcan Construction, 10321 W Reno Ave., office, remodel, $475,000. Oklahoma Steel Building Systems Inc., 8001 N Rockwell Ave., automotive repair-wash, erect, $420,000. Landmark Fine Homes LP, 18624 Salvador Road, residence, erect, $350,000. Neal McGee Homes Inc., 8900 Silver Hill Drive, shell building, erect, $350,000. Neal McGee, 8904 Silver Hill Drive, shell

  • Richard Mize: Fiery Fourth makes for smoky Fifth

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The ’hood smells like hell? Ah, I love the smell of sulfur, nitrates and carbon in the morning. SNIFFF! Breeeaathe in that fine ash still hanging in the air from all that black powder! Pack away those memories. Oh, what? You are one of those “people” who don’t like fireworks? So you sure don’t like the Fifth of July then, with its lingering smoke and smells and spent shells and duds and a scorched patch of grass here and there. When I was little, smoke just hugged the pastures around our place the morning of the Fifth. Coolish morning air at ground level helped it settle, I guess, just off the Cookson Hills to the north and down to the Arkansas River bottoms a couple of miles south.

  • Smart Moves: How to sell a run-down home

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Why are some sellers with a property in poor condition unwilling to do the cosmetic work necessary to maximize their profits?

  • New retail concept in Norman aims to one-up convenience stores

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    The Cube brands itself as ‘neighborhood concierge’

  • Salvaged Stage Center furnishings, equipment to be donated to arts groups

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Furnishings and equipment valued at more than $100,000 is being salvaged from Stage Center in Oklahoma City and will be donated to local arts groups as demolition crews begin preparations to clear the site to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.

  • US construction spending up 0.1 percent in May

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending barely increased in May as gains in spending on non-residential projects such as office buildings and public construction were largely offset by a big drop in home building. The Commerce Department says construction spending edged up 0.1 percent in May after a much stronger 0.8 percent April increase. The back-to-back gains followed a period of weakness in which spending fell in both January and February and was flat in March. The construction industry has struggled with an unusually severe winter which curtailed building activity in many regions. Construction activity totaled $958.1 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in May, up 6.6 percent from a year ago.

  • US construction spending edges up 0.1 percent in May although home building declines

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US construction spending edges up 0.1 percent in May although home building declines.

  • CoreLogic: US home prices rose more slowly in May

    Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in May compared with a year earlier, but the gains have slowed. Data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased 8.8 percent in May compared with 12 months earlier. The pace of gains has slowed as more homes have come onto the market, according to CoreLogic. On a month-to-month basis, prices rose 1.2 percent from April to May. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonal patterns, such as warmer weather, which can affect sales. Prices increased the most in Western states, including Hawaii, California and Nevada. Home sales began to stall in the middle of last year after double-digit price increases and higher mortgage rates made real estate less a

  • Japan May data show economy slowing but resilient

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy is slowing following a sales tax hike but not as badly as some economists feared, according to two business surveys released Tuesday. The central bank's quarterly business confidence survey showed sentiment falling for the first time in 18 months in April-June. But the decline in the index, to 12 from 17 in March, was less than feared. The index, which is a measure of the percentage of companies reporting positive conditions versus those reporting negative conditions, is expected to rise to 15 in September. Demand has waned following a rush of purchasing to beat the tax hike. Automakers and retailers were the industries hardest hit by the April 1 increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from

  • Stocks end mixed; S&P closes near all-time high

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market got back on track in the second quarter. After a bumpy start to the year, the Standard & Poor's 500 index resumed its upward climb in the March-June period. The index rose 4.7 percent, versus a 1.3 percent gain in the first three months of the year. As the weather improved this spring, investors received more encouraging news about hiring and manufacturing. Investors sold stocks in January as they worried about the impact of an unusually harsh winter on the economy. Stocks were also propelled higher by a turnaround in some of the riskier parts of the market. Internet, biotechnology and small-company stocks all rebounded after dragging the market lower in March.

  • Fishing for a deal: Cabela's makes case for Oklahoma City store

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Cabela’s is making its case for a $3.5 million incentive from Oklahoma City to build a northwest side store.