October 2018, Vol. 5 Issue 10
Historic Douglass at Page Woodson apartments wins National Preservation Award
Photo Credit: The Douglass at Page Woodson
The Douglass at Page Woodson, developed by Colony Partners in partnership with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority project, has won a significant award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The adaptation of the former Oklahoma City school into affordable housing won one of only three 2018 Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards given this year. Located in the JFK neighborhood, the restored building features 60 apartment units and a historic community auditorium in Classic Revival red brick style.

Rehabilitation of the former Page Woodson school marks completion of phase one of five planned phases. Phase II of the OCURA project is winding down and includes 80 market-rate apartments at the Seven at Page Woodson to the north of the historic building. Phase III, located to the west, is scheduled to begin construction in 2019 and will also include market-rate apartments.

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Streetcar brings economic development and prosperity along route
It is still more than a month before the Oklahoma City Streetcar system officially begins service, but we are already seeing its economic impact. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently presented the results of an investment impact analysis of the streetcar system to city council.  Read more.
The OKC Streetcar ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, December 14 at 10 A.M. The event will take place at Leadership Square and will kick off the inaugural ride of the streetcar.
Photo Credit: OKC Streetcar Initiative Facebook page
From Cathy O'Connor, Alliance President
Innovation is a powerful word. We often think of it as a new idea or new way of doing something, but when we talk about Oklahoma City’s Innovation District, the word takes on a grander meaning – a place, a catalyst, a convergence of people and ideas.

The planning firm Perkins + Will recently gave an update on its work in creating a land use and strategic development plan for the Oklahoma City Innovation District. Building on the earlier study of the area by the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces, Perkins + Will used a “Convergence Analysis” to measure how this area of Oklahoma City scores on creativity, collaboration, diversity, density and access. Using these metrics, along with the physical location of anchor entities such as the OU Medical Center and the University Research Park, the firm is evaluating where the “epicenter” of the Innovation District might ultimately be. After further study, the next steps are to form recommendations with additional discussion and input from several committees. Perkins + Will plans to present the final plan in the spring of 2019.

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