Urban Renewal maps new MidTown development plan

The proposal, which is subject to approval by the Oklahoma City Council, would allow Urban Renewal to enter into participation agreements with MidTown property owners that would encourage them to redevelop their property.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: June 21, 2013 at 8:42 am •  Published: June 19, 2013

Urban Renewal commissioned Oklahoma City-based Butzer Gardner Architects for a new MidTown plan. The draft plan includes narrowing MidTown streets in favor of angled parking in the area to combat some of the area's ongoing issues with a lack of parking, and also includes suggestions for a planned streetcar route through the area.

The draft plan also targets 23 blighted or vacant areas in the MidTown area termed critical for the area' redevelopment. While the key areas, identified in the plan as “Catalytic Sites,” are scattered throughout MidTown, they are predominantly centered around vacant lots in the area around St. Anthony Hospital's MidTown Campus.

“We feel that these sites in particular are sites that will act as a catalyst for further development once something happens there,” said Asa Highsmith, project manager for Butzer Gardner who presented the plan to the authority.

Urban Renewal is expected to vote on the MidTown plan in July before sending it to the Oklahoma City Planning Commission and City Council for final approval.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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A draft of the MidTown redevelopment plan is expected to be posted on the authority's website later this week at www.ocura-ok.org for the public to view and to provide feedback.

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