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Renewed effort launched for housing atop new Oklahoma City parking garage

With construction set to begin on a new downtown parking garage in the next 30 days, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is taking a second shot at soliciting interest in developing housing on the top floors.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 12, 2013
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“We've gotten a couple other people interested in the project,” O'Connor said. “Some were interested the first time around, found out late, and didn't have time to respond. So we're going to give them a chance to respond.”

Michael Scroggins, spokesman for the Central Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA), said the garage construction is on a fast track with an opening targeted for April 2014. The city's downtown public parking system is 111 percent occupied.

“We think that if we're able to get some responses by May, and we evaluate and make a decision by the end of May, we should still be able to coincide with COTPA's timeline,” O'Connor said. “Even if not, there are still provisions that allow us to do this in the future.”

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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We think that if we're able to get some responses by May, and we evaluate and make a decision by the end of May, we should still be able to coincide with COTPA's timeline.”

Cathy O'Connor,
Urban Renewal director

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