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Oklahoma City panel trying again to develop housing atop new garage

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is seeking a developer to build housing atop the 10-story Civic Center garage that is under construction.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: November 21, 2013

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.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 Metropolitan...
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