Page Woodson development preserves history

Northeast Oklahoma City's historic Page Woodson School building was approved for redevelopment this month by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. The building on NE 4th Street and Kelley Avenue serves as a great example for restoring structures important to the community while supporting further development of the area around them.


The $25 million project will completely restore and renovate the Page Woodson building into apartments. The building will feature a refurbished 958-seat auditorium, 68 residential units, with another 68 units being built across the street. The project is using bond financing, which requires it to be rented as affordable housing for 15 years. One-bedroom units will rent for $650 a month and two-bedroom units will rent for $750 a month, with residents earning no more than sixty percent of the city's median income.


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Approximately $600,000 of the project's funds will be spent on asbestos removal and environmental cleanup around the building. Bringing all parts of the building up to code and delivering renovations to create great residential living is a task that developer Ron Bradshaw is committed to. Bradshaw and OCURA look forward to a project that will be endorsed by members of the community.


Architect Hans Butzer will design the additional apartment units across the street from the school. Butzer has worked on projects including the Sky-Dance Bridge and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.


When redevelopment is completed, the building, which was built in 1910, will serve as another success story in preserving OKC's rich history.


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Development heads west of downtown OKC

New and continued development in the heart of downtown is expanding to other areas. Now the west side of downtown OKC is garnering some much-needed attention, coinciding with the 21C Museum Hotel development. The 134-room hotel is currently undergoing construction and will feature a contemporary art museum. This hotel is going into the old Fred Jones assembly plant, giving it a major interior facelift.

The west side development continues on Main Street with the construction of the new Oklahoma City police headquarters and renovations beginning on the Main Street Arcade Building. Development in the area was spurred after the completion of the Devon Tower and businesses going into Film Row. There is also up-and-coming interest for retail on Classen Boulevard, just west of the hotel.


Further development in the area will include conversion of a two-story warehouse at 901 W Sheridan Avenue, and the one-story warehouse immediately east, into a restaurant and concert venue.


The plans call for converting the one-story building into an open-air venue, covered by a steel-trussed, barrel-shaped roof. An additional outdoor stage will be placed along the north side of the one-story warehouse as well as a larger stage on the north side of the two-story warehouse.


Redevelopment continues to benefit downtown and the residents of Oklahoma City. Downtown's westside will provide a great place to stay and interesting restaurants and venues, all while preserving the history of the buildings and culture of the area.

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