Hodges said the hospital will welcome Kaiser's patrons to use St. Anthony's parking spaces. Additional parking also will be built on the block bordered by NW 9, NW 8, Dewey and Walker (with the exception of the Century Hotel, which stands in the middle of the block).
Hodges noted the hospital's investment has exceeded the planned $200 million master plan first announced when, in conjunction with assistance from the city and county, St. Anthony executives agreed to stay in what was then a mostly blighted MidTown neighborhood.
In the past few years, the area has rebounded with older buildings being converted into housing, restaurants, offices and shops.
Former flop houses are now upscale apartments, and the once darkened Plaza Court is now home to a branch of the YMCA, restaurants, a bakery, art gallery and optical shop.
“What a great success story for Oklahoma City, and think how quickly it has happened,” Hodges said. “We're very happy to be neighbors with all these great developers and business owners who have chosen to invest in MidTown.”