The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is going to take a third shot at soliciting interest in building housing atop a new garage currently under construction.
The Urban Renewal board, which met Wednesday, also is set to seek housing proposals on the last undeveloped section of the block that 30 years ago was scheduled for an expansion of Sycamore Square.
Board Director Cathy O'Connor said interest in building new downtown housing remains high. Developments set to start construction next year include the Steel Yard in Bricktown, Maywood Lofts in Deep Deuce, The Metropolitan east of Automobile Alley, and more complexes set to be built in Midtown.
The 10-story, 830-space Civic Center garage being built between Main Street and Colcord Drive was designed to support three additional floors. Two previous efforts to interest developers to build housing atop the garage failed to draw any response.
O'Connor said Wednesday developers are telling her they want a chance to build the housing before the garage itself is completed.
Responses will be due 90 days after the request for proposals is advertised.
A similar deadline was set for proposals to be submitted for the southeast corner of NW 4 and Shartel.
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The block between Shartel and Walker avenues was originally designated for development of Sycamore Square — but the development stalled after the middle of the block was built in the early 1980s.
The east end of the block was later developed as Legacy at Arts Quarter, while a quarter of the west end of the block became home to the city's emergency dispatch center.
A third request for development proposals is due in February for a surface parking lot at Lee and Couch avenues. In each instance, O'Connor said, developers have sought to pitch proposals for housing.