U-shaped mixed-use development planned in Oklahoma City's Automobile Alley
A mixed-use development consisting of housing, offices and retail is being planned at NW 13 and Broadway on a U-shaped property once the home of a Buick dealership.
The development, to be called the Hub, is designed to wrap around the existing Garage Loft Apartments at 113 NW 13 and a one-story former Safeway grocery built in 1928 at 1420 N Robinson.
The first phase is a five-story, office and retail building with a drive-through on the first floor at the corner of Broadway and NW 13. The second phase consists of 225 apartments spread out in five-story buildings fronting the corner of NW 13 and Robinson and wrapping around a five-story, 336-space garage at the corner of NW 13 and Broadway.
The developer, Richard Lebarthe, said he is hoping to complete financing and start construction on the first phase in early 2020, as soon as permitting is obtained, and to open in about 15 months.
“There remains much work to do. But our ownership group is strong, and we've already received expressions of interest from many quarters,” Lebarthe said. “We believe the office building will be very desirable for a variety of tenants, including legal, accounting, engineering and medical firms, software and advertising and marketing companies, energy companies and other professional offices.”
The project, designed by Rick Brown and RBA Architects, is named the Hub to reflect its location between Midtown, Automobile Alley. Lebarthe believes the corner, a short walk from the streetcar and the future Oklahoma Contemporary, will be an attractive addition to the downtown housing market.
“We believe there are a lot of people wanting to live downtown without plunging into the heart of it,” Lebarthe said. “They want to be near downtown.”