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Remodeling Set for 16th Street Plaza Shopping Center

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014
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Developer Steve Mason and Kristen Vails (CQ Kristen), executive director of the Plaza District Association, in the 1700 block of NW 16 Street of the Plaza District in Oklahoma City Thursday, May 22, 2014. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Developer Steve Mason and Kristen Vails (CQ Kristen), executive director of the Plaza District Association, in the 1700 block of NW 16 Street of the Plaza District in Oklahoma City Thursday, May 22, 2014. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

Steve Mason isn’t wasting much time improving the Plaza Shopping Center he recently purchased along NW 16th just east of Indiana Avenue.  As I reported in May, the building is the largest in the district – 27,000 square feet. Steve reports he is remodeling the 9,500-square-foot space that until recently was home to a discount dollar store.

One of the new storefronts will be home to a variety shop, Mason says, while he is talking to two prospective tenants for the remaining two spaces.

Remodeling continues, meanwhile, on the old Haggard’s furniture building across the street, where Oak & Ore recently posted a photo on social media showing progress underway.

Walls are up in the space that will soon be home to Oak and Ore and Roxy's Ice Cream
Walls are up in the space that will soon be home to Oak and Ore and Roxy's Ice Cream

These developments, along with the recent opening of Cheltepe’s (which is getting rave reviews), heralds a transition for the Plaza District. It is, without a doubt, one of the city’s leading urban entertainment and arts districts, and I fully expect it to trigger a wave of redevelopment through nearby depressed neighborhoods.

This, my friends, is what an urban renaissance looks like.

 

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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