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Bricktown Holiday


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Kelley Chambers
A Holiday Inn Express with 124 rooms will replace the former Steffen’s Ice Cream building in Bricktown. A building permit filed with Oklahoma City listed the job value of the project at $18 million.
 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Going downtown

Renovation plans are underway for the next home of OCU law school.


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Kelley Chambers
The Oklahoma City University School of Law will move downtown over the next two years after the university last month purchased the former Central High School building. The school currently is spread among four buildings on the OCU campus.
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rejuvenating the strip

OKC Pride works with community leaders on a revitalization plan along 39th Street.


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Kelley Chambers

For years, the area around N.W. 39th and Pennsylvania has been home to a loose-knit collection of bars and businesses catering to Oklahoma City’s gay and lesbian community. But Jeremy Crites, president of OKC Pride, said it has lacked a sense of community.

 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Taking root

Downtown OKC’s first grocery store hopes to grow with the burgeoning area.


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Kelley Chambers
Matt Runkle is quick to point out he did not abandon Norman in favor of Oklahoma City as the home of Native Roots Market.
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

KD’s kitchen

Lower Bricktown will feel the rumble from Thunder player Kevin Durant.


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Kelley Chambers
If you have a compliment or complaint about the food or service at KD’s, a restaurant slated to open in about a year in Lower Bricktown, don’t hesitate to have a word with the restaurant’s owner, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

At the top

Vast offers one-of-a-kind views in a sophisticated new dining space.


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Kelley Chambers
Dining at Vast, on the 49th and 50th floors of Devon tower, 333 W. Sheridan, it is difficult to look at anything other than the view.
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Second shot

A revised plan for Bricktown’s Kevin Durant restaurant gets a go from Urban Renewal.


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Kelley Chambers
After receiving a stern talking-to at September’s Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority meeting, developer Randy Hogan went back to the drawing board for a planned Lower Bricktown building to house a Kevin Durant-branded restaurant.
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rise up

Big plans are in store for a retail space at N.W. 23rd Street and Walker Avenue, to be redubbed The Rise.


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Kelley Chambers
N.W. 23rd Street is on the rise.
 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stay golden

The iconic Gold Dome building gets a new owner at a foreclosure auction.


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Kelley Chambers
The geodesic gold dome at N.W. 23rd Street and Classen Boulevard has a new owner after a foreclosure auction today. David Box, CEO of Box Talent and Box Real Estate, was the sole bidder on the 1958 building.
 
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Top of the city

Dine in the sky this coming October!


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Kelley Chambers
Vast, the restaurant atop the Devon tower, is set to open Oct. 24.
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Movin’ on up

Renovation of the Chesapeake Energy Arena edges closer to completion.


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Kelley Chambers
Big changes are in store for the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Even the front door is being moved, shifting from the north side to the southwest side.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Living with character

Downtown developers hope to foster community with a thoughtfully planned residential component.


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Kelley Chambers
Few things could bring life to a stretch of road in an otherwise sleepy corner of downtown like a new apartment complex housing hundreds of residents. With construction on Level near completion, Richard McKown, the project’s developer, is finding that with 125 residents moved in and more on the way, N.E. Second Street is starting to wake up at night.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bare necessities

Oklahoma nudists find community and liberation at a secluded resort.


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Kelley Chambers
Oaklake Trails Naturist Park offers the sort of outdoor recreational and resort amenities as any retreat worth its salt.
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Out of the box

The Regional Food Bank collaborated with a local chef to craft convenient stovetop meals.


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Kelley Chambers
In an episode of The Simpsons, Marge Simpson prays to God that if the town is spared from an impending nuclear meltdown, then the next time a food drive comes along, she will give the poor something they’d actually like to eat, and not just old cans of lima beans and pumpkin mix.
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lease on life

With past lives as a car dealership and tavern, a historic Midtown building makes a comeback.


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Kelley Chambers
George Washington never slept there, Elvis never left the building, or even entered for that matter, and it’s definitely not the House that Ruth Built.
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
 
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