Preliminary designs for a new 750-space parking garage south of City Hall unveiled Wednesday show a nod toward nearby landmarks and a mix of modern architecture.
A report on the project, however, included an update that previous plans for housing on the top three floors may be in doubt.
Cathy O'Connor, director of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, told the board that consultant RTKL has questioned the addition of housing as being feasible when weighed against the current project timeline and the scale of the surrounding skyline.
If the project were to include housing, current designs call for a 10th floor of dedicated parking for two additional floors that would accommodate 40 apartments.
“The residential floors would have spectacular views of downtown,” O'Connor said after advising the housing is still being evaluated.
Architect Anthony McDermid, whose firm TAP Architecture is working on the designs with Chicago-based Desman Associates, said the garage will be about the height of the Hightower Building, its neighbor to the east, and a couple floors higher than the city's finance building to the west.
The garage is being designed for a surface parking lot bordered by the two buildings to the east and west, and Colcord Drive and Main Street to the north and south.
“It's a very simple pattern. We would use the existing stair and elevator towers. It is a large garage, and it's a large elevation,” McDermid said. “We explored a lot of design ideas, looked around for inspiration.”
The designs shown Wednesday included a series of color panels that will provide a key code for visitors to remember where they parked their cars.