Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis holds town hall meeting on economic development in NE OKC

Ward 7 Councilman John Pettis held a town hall meeting at the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City on Sept. 29. The meeting updated Northeast Oklahoma City residents on the area's ongoing economic development projects. Several presentations were given discussing these projects, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

The church quickly became standing room only as the community filled the church. Councilman Pettis introduced the town hall's presenters while talking about the need for growth and economic development in Ward 7. 

Cathy O'Connor, president of the Alliance for Economic Development of OKC, began the program by discussing the Northeast Renaissance Redevelopment Project Plan. She explained how tax increment finance (TIF) can be used as an economic development tool to revitalize the northeast community, especially the commercial corridors.


Michael Owens, Community Development Director for the Alliance, and Greg Jones, CEO of the Minority Business Resource Network, spoke regarding the Northeast Renaissance Stakeholders Committee and the importance of providing small business resources to the community.

Susan Binkowski, developer of King's Crossing, and Rick Brown, developer of the Northeast Shopping Center, presented information on their development projects. When complete, both projects will provide much needed amenities to northeast Oklahoma City neighborhoods.


Gina Sofola, Project Manager on the Page Woodson project, discussed how the renovation of the school and new development surrounding the school will provide new rental property and a community hub to northeast Oklahoma City.

The Q&A session following the presentations allowed community members to voice their encouragement, concerns and suggestions to the group. The town hall gave Northeast Oklahoma City residents the opportunity to hear updates about new growth and development happening in their community and get contact information from the presenters and developers.

Bricktown Sees Growth in Office Space
Between new office buildings and redevelopments of existing buildings, Bricktown is one of the fastest growing districts in the city.

The Rock Island Plow Building, located at 29 E. Reno Avenue, has sat abandoned at the center of Bricktown for years. However, it is now undergoing redevelopment by Richard McKown, who just recently installed new windows in the five-story building. 

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects drafted the plans for the renovations, which include internal and external updates. This building will be a valuable addition to the Bricktown office space scene to be completed before the end of the year.

Another recent renovation is the Mideke Building, which opened to tenants in early September. The 70,000 square-foot building is 94 years old and will add 200 offices in Bricktown. Tapstone Energy has completed their move into the building as the main tenant. The first floor will house retail and restaraunt clients, including a new location for All About Cha.

The Mideke Building underwent extensive renovations. Photo provided.

Plans are being made for a new 10-story office building, called the Cummins Building, located next to Bricktown Ballpark. The Cummins family enlisted Blackledge & Associates Architects to design the Bricktown tower that will feature ground-floor and rooftop restaurants. The designers presented their proposal to the Bricktown Urban Design Committee in early September. 

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