Northeast Oklahoma City community gives input, grocery store makes progress

Progress is being made on redevelopment in Northeast Oklahoma City with help from community input and a determined developer. The King's Crossing project at 23rd and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue is moving forward after initial environmental testing was completed.


The $20 million redevelopment at 23rd and MLK Jr. Avenue was slowed by the discovery of environmental contaminants that required testing. Developer and manager of Esperanza Real Estate, Susan Binkowski, will look at redrawing grocery store site plans to accommodate the latest environmental testing results.


The development's plan includes the grocery store, a shopping center, medical complex and education component that could add and boost other retailers at the intersection.


Community input has played an important factor in the development's progress. Michael Owens, Community Development Director with the Alliance for Economic Development of OKC, works with stakeholders in the area to make sure the new developments serve the community's best interests.


Keeping the Northeast Oklahoma City community informed and engaged on development issues gives the stakeholders a way to voice their concerns and support as development moves forward.


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Film Row projects offer more art, entertainment for OKC


Sections of Oklahoma City, like Film Row, are embracing their past by becoming districts devoted to the arts. Film Row continues ongoing redevelopment and recently received plans for further development of its art, entertainment and live music options.


The Paramount, which serves as a screening room and event center, will get a sit-down style restaurant. Named the Noir Bistro and Bar, the restaurant's focus will be on local foods and drinks. The restaurant is expected to open Aug. 21 for Film Row's premiere event after renovations are complete. Additional plans call for a live performance venue in the space on the north end of the building.


A restaurant and concert venue going in at 901 W. Sheridan is expected to open next year. The venue is under development by Fred Hall, musician Graham Colton and restaurateur Brian Bogert. Building plans show an 8,000-square-foot patio, which could accommodate up to 1,500 people for live shows.


The old Fred Jones Assembly Plant at 900 W. Main is currently being converted into the 21C Hotel and Museum. The full-service hotel will have 134 guest rooms, a high-quality restaurant with outdoor dining available, a gallery café and lounge and a 14,000-square-foot space that will house contemporary art exhibits and events.


The area appears to be growing exponentially, with preliminary plans calling for 320 apartments, 19,000 square feet of retail and 800 parking spaces spread out around the Fred Jones building. This development will be an immense revitalization effort for the district.


The arts reflect a city's culture, and Oklahoma City's arts districts are booming. Film Row has already created a distinct offering which continues to grow through more businesses, retail, venues and housing. These projects show these developers' dedication to the area and to downtown Oklahoma City.


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