New Hemispheres site purchased
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. paid $742,959 to buy 4.16 acres west of The Home Depot near Quail Springs Mall at NW 140 and Pennsylvania to build a new location for Hemispheres, its fine furniture subsidiary. The Hemispheres at 5561 Northwest Expressway will be relocated.
The seller was Dallas-based Rosebriar Quail Springs LP. Broker Mark Inman of CB Richard Ellis-Oklahoma represented Hobby Lobby and Adam Sumrall of Rosebriar Quail Springs represented the seller.
It will be the second new metro-area Hemispheres store in recent months. Construction continues on a Hemispheres at SW 19 and Telephone Road in Moore.
Devon gets Brownfield award
Devon Energy Center received the national Phoenix Award for transforming a former brownfield site — Devon Energy Corp.'s headquarters downtown — into a sustainable development that will have long-term impact. The award was presented during the National Brownfields Conference held in Atlanta.
Devon was the Region 6 winner for 2012, and was selected for the national award from among the 10 winning projects in each of the Environmental Protection Agency's regions.
“While we are gratified to receive this award, we are even more grateful for the opportunity to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma City through the remediation project and subsequent construction of our headquarters,” said Devon President and CEO John Richels.
Little libraries planned for city
The American Institute of Architects and Neighborhood Alliance have teamed up to bring Little Free Libraries to neighborhoods across Oklahoma City. Some of these tiny libraries will be on display Monday through Thursday at Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson downtown.
Little Free Libraries is a community movement that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the community. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are constructed from all kinds of materials. Local architects and contractors are donating time and materials to design and build the libraries for Oklahoma City neighborhoods.
The libraries are stocked with books and neighbors are encouraged to take a book and return it when finished or replace it with a new book. Barnes & Noble and Full Circle Book Store have donated books to initially stock the libraries.