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Downtown Edmond continues to grow

October dedication ceremonies at Edmond’s new nearly $37 million public safety center at Littler Avenue and First Street. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]

October dedication ceremonies at Edmond’s new nearly $37 million public safety center at Littler Avenue and First Street. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]

EDMOND — The look of downtown has been altered with the recently finished Public Safety Center and soon-to-be-completed Campbell Corner.

New businesses are planned at Campbell Corner and throughout the downtown area.

Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director, said private investment since 2000 in downtown Edmond totals more than $28 million.

“The opening of the public safety center in October solidified the city's historic presence in downtown,” Yowell said. “A continued renovation of existing city buildings is being discussed.”

Campbell Corner

The nearly finished, 15,683-square-foot Campbell Corner is at Campbell and Broadway. The two-story building is four blocks down Campbell from Old North on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

The mixed-use building will have retail users on the first floor and office users on the second, said developer Koorosh Zahrai.

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop and Mainstream Boutique, with women's clothing, accessories and gifts, have announced they plan to open in Campbell Corner.

There is space for 10 tenants, according to the building permit. The building, at 118 N Broadway, is expected to create 34 new downtown jobs.

Public safety center

The nearly $37 million public safety center was dedicated on a cold, windy October day.

The 70,000-square-foot building at Littler Avenue and First Street is now home to police headquarters and a 38-inmate jail.

Public safety communications and the city's emergency management operations
also work out of the three-story, state-of-
the-art building.

Voters in October 2011 approved a half-cent tax for five years to pay for the downtown building and a second, 15,000-square-foot building near 33rd Street and Broadway for the police department's crime lab and storage for evidence and vehicles.

The public safety center will be paid for when the tax ends in April 2017.

The future

Voters in April approved extending the half-cent sales tax for another 10 years to fund capital improvements. The extension was recommended by a 21-member citizen committee after a 17-week study.

The Downtown Edmond Business Association supported the half-cent sales tax, expected to bring in about $80 million over a 10-year period.

One of the recommendations is the revitalization of downtown, which might include a new library, a parking garage and new performing arts center in partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma.

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<p>Campbell Corner, at Broadway and Campbell, is almost complete and starting to lease space for businesses in downtown Edmond. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>
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Campbell Corner, at Broadway and Campbell, is almost complete and starting to lease space for businesses in downtown Edmond. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN]  

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Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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