A law firm housed along Automobile Alley is looking to start construction this summer on a three-story office building that will represent the first significant private investment in the area known as Core to Shore.
Core to Shore, an area stretching from the Oklahoma River to downtown, is being targeted for redevelopment by the city and will be home to a new park and convention center. The redevelopment effort was triggered by construction of the new Interstate 40, which opened last year.
Tim Heefner, a partner in Goolsby, Proctor, Heefner & Gibbs, said the firm bought the land at 1501 S Walker Ave. in 2008 just as the Core to Shore plan was being completed but a year before voters approved funding for the park and convention center as part of MAPS 3.
“There was an old gas station and bar there that were boarded up and covered with spray paint,” Heefner said. “And there was a sign saying the property was for sale.”
The law firm is seeking to build a three-story, 13,361-square-foot office building with a rooftop conference room, fitness center and a terrace that will have a 360-degree vista of the Oklahoma River, the downtown skyline, and the future park and convention center.