Planning sessions set for new development along Oklahoma River

Blair Humphreys, who is leading development of “Wheeler,” will be hosting the public planning sessions with Victor Dover, a renowned expert on livable communities and sustainable development and author of “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.”
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: July 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: July 8, 2014
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A weeklong series of planning sessions will begin Wednesday with developers seeking ideas and visions from the public for a new “community” to be built at the former Downtown Airpark along the Oklahoma River.

Blair Humphreys, who is leading development of “Wheeler,” will be hosting the public planning sessions with Victor Dover, a renowned expert on livable communities and sustainable development and author of “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.”

Wheeler will consist of the former airpark, on the west side of Western Avenue just south of the Oklahoma River, and 70 acres across the street on the east side of Western Avenue.

Humphreys said the planning sessions, called a “charette,” were preceded by an online survey.

“We are planning a large development that will be an important piece of the city,” Humphreys said.

“We want to do it in a way that fits the vision and aspirations of the city. It’s the city’s river and it’s a project that will be near significant parts of the city and along its parks. We want to make a long-lasting contribution to the quality of this area and the city as a whole,” Humphreys said.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 Metropolitan...
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If you go

Kick-off and hands-on design session:

6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Grill on The Hill, 324 SW 25

Attendees will be given a presentation on smart growth, traditional town planning and community revitalization

Design studio and technical meetings:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Monday through Tuesday, Wheeler design studio, 215 S Walker

Attendees will be invited to provide ideas and suggestions to Wheeler designers and planners

Open house:

6 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Wheeler design studio, 215 S Walker

Visitors can review community input, draft plans and renderings for Wheeler

Work-in-progress presentation:

6 to 8:30 p.m., July 16, Grill on the Hill, 324 SW 25

Completed work from the charette will be presented by planners

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