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.
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.