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Downtown Oklahoma City parking garage dispute heads to court

A dispute over plans for a downtown parking garage has moved to Oklahoma County District Court.

The Oklahoma City Police Association has appealed the denial earlier this month of its application to build a garage at 601 W Main St.

The case could test the discretion of citizen review panels to interpret development guidelines.

The Police Association submitted plans last year to build a garage between W Main Street and Colcord Drive. The lot now is used for surface parking.

The garage would be across Colcord from Civic Center Music Hall, overlooking Bicentennial Park.

After the seven-member Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) rejected the first design, architects returned with a scaled-down proposal, for a five-story, 207-space garage.

The DDRC voted 'no' again, and the five-member Board of Adjustment affirmed the decision Jan. 4.

In its appeal to district court, the Police Association says the parking garage's primary function would be to provide parking for association members near police headquarters, a block away.

It would have parking for employees of nearby businesses such as Municipal Employees Credit Union and for Civic Center Music Hall patrons, and street-level commercial, office and retail space.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›