OKC VeloCity | Innovation district construction continues

Innovation district construction continues

By Chamber Staff / Development / December 1, 2017

Many areas of OKC's innovation district are under construction with exciting new developments coming soon. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s building addition, the Walcourt building renovations, the Page Woodson development, the construction of OU's new medical tower and the MAPS 3 streetcar have been taking shape in the last few months, stirring excitement as the area continues to advance.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is currently completing an estimated $4.1 million building expansion project, with expected completion to be seen in May 2018. This expansion will provide an additional 15,000-square-feet to their current building. This addition will allow for the creation of six meeting rooms, 10 offices, supplementary work space and storage and room to grow as is deemed necessary in the future.

The Walcourt property on 13th and Walnut was purchased in late September by developer Brent Swift before being sold again a few weeks later to Walcourt Partners, LLC, headed by Steven Morris. Morris plans to redevelop the existing building into offices, and then build apartments on the remaining portion of the property. Read more about the Walcourt renovation.

The Page Woodson property, including The Douglass, the Douglass Next Door, and The Seven at Page Woodson, is now leasing. The Page Woodson property was originally home to a variety of schools in the 1900s, but after a 20-year vacancy underwent a $25 million renovation in 2016-2017, when the father-and-son developers Ron and Jason Bradshaw acquired the property. For information on leasing or to request a tour visit their webpage or call (405)601-1989.

The new OU Medical tower will add to the area's skyline with its 152-foot, eight-story height. This addition will feature an estimated 550,000 square feet, providing room for 144 additional beds, 32 new operating rooms, an intensive care unit, a medical/surgical floor, a stepdown unit, and large patient rooms with extra space for families. This tower will connect to the current building located at 700 NE 13th, on its north side. Designed by the architectural firm Perkins+Will, the tower reflects the geography, geology and indigenous landscape of Oklahoma, and is designed to reflect Gloss/Glass Mountain. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in 2019. Stay-up-to-date on progress by watching their live camera footage and reading their periodic updates.

The MAPS 3 streetcar will feature stops located at 4th and Robinson, 7th and Robinson, 10th and Robinson, Broadway just north of 10th, Broadway and 8th, and Broadway and 4th within the innovation district. The system is expected to undergo testing in early- to mid-2018, with streetcar service beginning in December of 2018.

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