A $6 million, 32-unit housing complex is being pitched for an Urban Renewal-owned parking lot immediately north of the Civic Center Music Hall.
The proposed Civic Center Flats consists of 16 one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units that will either be for rent or sale. The three-story buildings would be on the northeast corner of Couch Drive and Lee Avenue between the Civic Center Music Hall and Sycamore Square.
The developers are Ron and Jason Bradshaw, whose other projects include the Maywood Apartments, Second Street Lofts and Brownstones at Maywood Park in Deep Deuce. The team also includes Butzer Gardner Architects and Lingo Construction.
Ron Bradshaw could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. But in his proposal, he notes the area surrounding the Art Deco Civic Center campus — the music hall, City Hall and county courthouse — never met the full potential envisioned when it was drawn up as part of the 1931 Hare and Hare Plan for what was then a rail yard.
“This vision for a Civic Center, however, ignited the imagination of the Oklahoma City population such that they eagerly voted the track be removed to make way for what is now our city's most elegant district,” Bradshaw wrote in his proposal.
“The construction of the Civic Center Music Hall did not foster any bold development on the properties to its north until only in the 1970s,” Bradshaw wrote. “The site in consideration here remained nothing more than a wholesale auto supplies shop and expansive parking lot.”
Hans Butzer, project architect, said the designs were created in careful consideration of the Civic Center Music Hall.
“It's not about mimicking or competing with the Civic Center Music Hall, but about creating a really good urban edge,” Butzer said. “We're trying to do something very unique; simple, with timeless materials with masonry and brick. It will be nice place to walk and live.”
The Civic Center Flats project was the only response submitted Friday to a request for development proposals by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, which owns the property.
“We think it's a good location for residential,” said Urban Renewal Director Cathy O'Connor. “The next step is we will convene a committee to review the proposal and evaluate whether it meets our criteria.”