Broadway Park fight in Oklahoma City turns into Broadway Park compromise
The developer of a new five-story building at the northern gateway to Automobile Alley has revised designs for the project after criticism.
Developer Safdar Muhammad's new designs for Broadway Park include scaling back metal railings on balconies in favor of more brick, as well as adding brick columns, according to plans shown
to the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment on Thursday.
Attorney David Box, who represented Muhammad at the hearing, said the revised plans were the product of negotiations with Automobile Alley stakeholders who took issue with the original design, including noted local architect Rand Elliott.
“Now we have a project that everyone can be happy with,” Box said during the meeting.
The Board of Adjustment moved to approve the plans for the development on Thursday after hearing about the revisions.
The 41,000-square-foot retail building is planned for the site of an old Conoco gas station at 1122 N Broadway, just south of the future Oklahoma Contemporary art complex.
Plan called too large
A private, unofficial Automobile Alley design group said the original plans for the Broadway Park building were too large.
The design group, which included Elliott, also suggested the earlier design did not fit with the rest of Automobile Alley's mostly older brick buildings.
Elliott said after the hearing that neither side got exactly what it wanted, but that he was pleased with the ensuing compromise.
“In the end, it's a win-win situation,” Elliott said. “The focus is really about all of us being together to make our city better together. I think Automobile Alley is a special place.”