Oklahoma City group seeks proposals for housing in Deep Deuce and atop new garage
The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is issuing two requests for development proposals that challenge conventional approaches to promoting new downtown housing.
We don't have the large downtown parcels we once had. We have to get more creative in finding available opportunities.”
Urban Renewal director
“Building atop the garage will be an opportunity for a developer to go 10 stories up without the cost of getting there,” O'Connor said.
The site of the garage, currently a surface parking lot, is one of the last big blocks of Urban Renewal-owned land left downtown. It's a reversal from a decade ago when large undeveloped “super blocks” remained left over from the major Urban Renewal clearance program of the 1970s.
Those large undeveloped blocks were later redeveloped into the Legacy at Arts Quarter Apartments, Devon Energy Center, and soon, the new John W. Rex Elementary School.
“We don't have the large downtown parcels we once had,” O'Connor said. “We have to get more creative in finding available opportunities.”
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