John W. Rex Elementary welcomed 
to the neighborhood
*Photo courtesy of ULI Oklahoma

The John W. Rex Elementary School opened in August of this year with grades Pre-K to 2nd. The school will eventually be able to accommodate 500 students through 6th grade. 

 

The school was constructed on land owned by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority with funding from the MAPS for KIDS program, tax increment financing and private donations. 

 

John W. Rex has fostered numerous partnerships in the community like the "Walking Wednesdays" program in which students visit downtown neighbors including the Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. 

 

The Alliance visits historic 23rd St. theatre
*Photo courtesy of Michelle McBeath

Staff from The Alliance recently joined ULI Oklahoma in touring a redevelopment project that will be a dynamic catalyst for the Uptown 23rd District

 

The Tower Theatre, located in the heart of Uptown 23rd, was recently purchased by local developers Jonathan Dodson, Ben Sellers and David Wanzer. 

 

The theater, built in 1931, includes the historic 1,200 seat theater and additional ground floor retail and second floor office space. 

 

Plans to redevelop the property include preserving the historic theater while filling the retail and office space with select tenants to continue to the momentum of this popular and revitalizing area.

 

Flatiron building to receive facelift as redevelopment of neighborhood continues
*Rendering courtesy of Elliott + Associates

Working with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, Ainsworth Triangle LLC is redeveloping the Flatiron Building at NE 5th Street and Harrison Avenue to be the future headquarters of PLICO, a physician's insurance company. 

 

Redevelopment plans include gutting the property down to the historic fašade, as shown below, and adding a modern third story addition to accommodate a board room, conference room, rooftop terrace and kitchen.

 

*Photo courtesy of @dtOKCbuilds

Oklahoma City's renaissance stretches further than the downtown core


When we think of development in Oklahoma City, our focus typically sets upon the downtown core, but over the past decade, over four times as much development has occurred outside of the urban core.

Paycom, Centek and AAA are a few examples of businesses that qualified for the Strategic Investment Program created to incentivize companies looking to expand or locate their operations in Oklahoma City.

Paycom has built their headquarters in north Oklahoma City and has continued to grow each year; Centek, a European manufacturer, has exceeded growth expectations; and AAA has moved shared services from California and has continued to grow beyond expectations.

We continue to see great investments throughout the Metro area, with new construction values at the highest we have seen since 2005. This shows that developers are committed to creating new space for residents, retailers, and businesses alike.

We can only hope that 2015 is another record year for Oklahoma City.

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