Oklahoma City seeks to recreate downtown retail corridor on Park Avenue

Downtown Oklahoma City lost its Main Street retail corridor during the Urban Renewal era of the 1960s and 1970s as civic leaders unsuccessfully purused development of a “Galleria” shopping mall. A half century later, the city is seeking to re-establish a retail corridor along Park Avenue.
By Steve Lackmeyer Modified: February 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014
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After obliterating Main Street during the 1970s heyday of the Urban Renewal era, Oklahoma City planners are hoping to re create what was lost by converting Park Avenue into a central downtown retail corridor.

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Deadline set for proposals

Consultants will have until March 7 to submit proposals to complete a study of enhancing Park Avenue between Harvey Avenue and Broadway as a retail corridor. The request for proposals asks that the consultants create a plan to guide future city involvement, examine the potential of making Park Avenue an upgraded urban retail street capable of capturing existing and future demand, drive higher sale tax revenue and become a “great street” that enhances prominence and desirability of the Central Business District.

One consultant will be tasked with advising how to recruit and sustain retail and what kind of space will be needed. A design consultant will be hired to assist the city and partners in creating a supply of well designed retail spaces within existing buildings, utilize outdoor plazas as amenities, streamline building improvements with planned street improvements as part of Project 180, and integrate other components such as signage, awnings and way finding.

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