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Background on the Proposed Five-Story Development on Broadway

One of my ongoing tasks in tracking downtown development is to figure out what is real, what is likely to happen, and what is only being contemplated. Such is the case with Broadway Place, which is proposed for 1122 N Broadway. For the past half century, the corner has been home to a gas station that in recent years has seen an array of tenants ranging from car rental lots, used car sales, tire sales and repair. I was first aware in early March this project was being contemplated.

The following rendering popped up online Saturday (from plans filed with the city) and I was asked if it is for real.

Well, kind of. Maybe. The project is proposed on land owned by Safdar Muhammad, who owns the Shell Station across the street. 

The renderings above by GSB do not reflect what will ultimately be built. I know this having talked to those involved. Changes are likely. And this is not a done deal - and again, this is a reflection of what those involved in the project told me, and not me dismissing it. But it's certainly an exciting prospect. Located across the future of Oklahoma Contemporary and along the future route of the downtown streetcar, this could create an entirely new, exciting gateway into Automobile Alley.

The modern contemporary design is impressive and will likely challenge conventional thinking about how to proceed with infill development along Broadway. The Downtown Design Review Committee may see this as being too much of a departure from the rest of Automobile Alley. The design tightly incorporates structured parking and has extensive street interaction via a sidewalk cafe and balconies overlooking a street.

But I want to caution everyone: this is not a done deal. Could there be a restaurant? Sure. Could there be offices? Sure. But this is all very much in flux. This post, by the way, is not in any way intended to snark or trash talk other online development sites. I am answering questions. That's it.


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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›