One year ago I looked ahead at 2013 and suggested that the flurry of development that took place in 2011 might be the start of a new normal.
I predicted at the time that in 2013 a new office tower would be announced, and even suggested that two separate tower projects might emerge.
Technically, that forecast was correct. I broke the story in August that Rainey Williams Jr. had bought the Stage Center property and was preparing to build an office tower. I once again broke the story in December that Williams was seeking to build one tower, 16 to 18 stories tall, and pursue a development deal for a second tower, about 12 stories high, for either a hotel or housing.
But truth be told, the second tower I was looking at was on a completely separate block downtown. And while no such deal has been announced, another tower, separate from the Williams development, remains a possibility for 2014.
Two new housing projects were announced in Deep Deuce — the Mosaic Apartments and a second phase of the Maywood Apartments. Yet another apartment development, The Metropolitan, a 330-unit, $45 million complex, was announced in July for NW 8 and Oklahoma Avenue.
A significant project for Midtown — that's what I called it — popped up with the announcement of a $6 million entertainment complex for NW 10 and Harvey that will be home to a Fassler Hall beer garden and live music venue, and the old Dust Bowl bowling lanes.
I predicted the announcement of a handful of hotels that would add “hundreds” of rooms in Bricktown. This too turned out to be correct, though at this time all but one of the four announced last year are in question as we start off 2014 and may never become a reality.