Architect Rand Elliott announced Monday he is developing a master plan for the block of Harrison Avenue and NW 4, a triangle-shaped property that has been home to his firm Elliott Associates Architects for almost 20 years.
Elliott’s firm is in the historic Heierding Building at 35 Harrison Ave., and last summer he acquired the remainder of the block, including a run-down one-story building that was last home to a downtown Leo’s Barbeque restaurant. Before Elliott bought and renovated the Heierding building, it was boarded up and presumed destined for demolition.
“Developing and improving this block of downtown Oklahoma City has been a dream of mine for many years,” said Elliott, who owns the land with his wife, Jeanette. “When E+A moved our offices to the Flatiron District in 1995, the area was lifeless, yet held great promise. In the past five years, the area has been reborn and the urban image dramatically improved. Look around now. The transformation is nearly unfathomable.”
That transformation includes redevelopment of another flatiron-shaped building across the street at 127 Harrison Ave. that will become home to PLICO insurance, and development of the Maywood apartments to the south.