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Outlook 2013: Revitalization of MidTown creates energy, momentum

The renovation of St. Anthony Hospital in a $200 million master plan has helped revive MidTown. Energy and momentum have been created, such as the $36 million apartment and retail complex called The Edge.

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: April 28, 2013

MidTown, which a decade ago was marred with darkened, abandoned old buildings and faced the loss of its anchor, St. Anthony Hospital, is in the midst of a revival that developers believe will continue for years to come.

When city and county officials worked with St. Anthony to stay at NW 10 and Dewey, the hospital embarked on a $200 million master plan that is ongoing. The latest improvement, a $53 million new emergency room and intensive care unit addition, is set to be built this next year.

Developer Gary Brooks, meanwhile, has started construction of a $36 million apartment and retail complex, The Edge, on the old site of the blighted Mercy Hospital at NW 13 and Walker. And Tulsa hotelier Paul Coury has started renovations of the old Osler office building into a boutique hotel.

Living and retail spaces

The MidTown Renaissance Group has renovated more than a dozen old flop houses and commercial buildings into upscale apartments, restaurants, shops and offices. Planning, meanwhile, is underway for a parking garage, more apartments and a MAPS 3 streetcar route that will connect the neighborhood with the rest of downtown.

Chris Fleming, a partner with MidTown Renaissance Group, sees a synergistic energy in the downtown neighborhood resulting from “the compounded combination of past, present and future projects.”

“MidTown’s momentum is due in large part to the continued commitment of stakeholders to a common vision of a great neighborhood — a mixed-use neighborhood that grows organically, maximizing its historic fabric while developing new, compatible places,” Fleming said. “MidTown has become self-sustaining, and its energy is now creating further growth.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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