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Old December 19th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #321
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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #322
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She looks to be cruising along!
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Old December 20th, 2009, 04:45 AM   #323
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I'm curious to know if THIS project has sparked any " spinoff " projects in the rest of Downtown OKC, despite the economy?
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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:34 AM   #324
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I'm curious to know if THIS project has sparked any " spinoff " projects in the rest of Downtown OKC, despite the economy?
No skyscrapers, but the city successfully passed a ballot measure past voters a couple weeks ago to raise taxes to build a convention center, street car system, and fund various beautification projects around the city.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1020605
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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:46 AM   #325
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I love this building. I want one just like it for christmas, Just give me 155 more feet and place it somewhere, near the brooklyn bridge thank you lol.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:58 AM   #326
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I'm curious to know if THIS project has sparked any " spinoff " projects in the rest of Downtown OKC, despite the economy?
In addition to Onn's link, perhaps the most important spinoff is something called Project 180, which will rebuild 180 acres of downtown streets, sidewalks, plazas and parks to the tune of about $150 million. Downtown OKC will be unrecognizable, at street level, in three years, about the time that Devon Tower is wrapping up.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #327
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Lots of site activity...Good news!
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Old December 21st, 2009, 12:10 AM   #328
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GREAT HAPPENINGS FOR OKC! Thanks for the updates, Onn and Dale.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 10:38 PM   #329
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What a beautiful building. I wish they could've built it in a better city (Like Tulsa)
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 03:37 AM   #330
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Yeah it is cruisin' right along....the new plans for downtown sound good too.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 09:44 PM   #331
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A record 14" of snow yesterday in OKC... and all the while 60 mile per hour winds were blowing it everywhere! All highways in the metro area were closed!

And the workers at Devon got a break...



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Old December 26th, 2009, 04:36 AM   #332
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What a beautiful building. I wish they could've built it in a better city (Like Tulsa)
nice joke. to bad its being built in Oklahoma.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 05:40 AM   #333
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I'm as thrilled THIS project is happening for OKC, as if it were happening in my own hometown!
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Old December 30th, 2009, 05:44 AM   #334
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I'm just glad it's not being built in Dallas.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 04:28 AM   #335
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Geeze 14"?? I know my area only got about 8".
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Old December 31st, 2009, 02:25 PM   #336
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I'm just glad it's not being built in Dallas.<<<<<yeah they already have enough tall striking buildings,it's OKC's turn! TUCane- yeah we had 14.1'' inches of snow on Christmas eve,it was the most snow EVER in a one day period for OKC!!! people down here were running around like chikens w/ there heads cut-off!!LOL
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 10:17 AM   #337
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it stands out which is good, but the location is blah

it would have looked loads better in seattle or tacoma xD
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 11:23 PM   #338
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I'm curious to know if THIS project has sparked any " spinoff " projects in the rest of Downtown OKC, despite the economy?
A veteran downtown developer has bought up nearly all of the adjacent block directly west of the Devon site, but is keeping quiet about his plans. The block includes several historic structures but the rumor is some of the lesser buildings may come down to make way for a residential tower.

Also, Sandridge Energy has announced a $100 million overhaul of their property which is the former Kerr-McGee headquarters. Obviously this is harder to label a "spinoff" of Devon, but Devon definitely set the precedent for investing in downtown property. Sandridge (formerly Riata) moved several years ago from Amarillo and is run by Tom Ward, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy. They plan to demolish several historical buildings on their property and this is already meeting with opposition. They have to go to an urban design committee and will probably be denied permission to demolish.

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In addition to Onn's link, perhaps the most important spinoff is something called Project 180, which will rebuild 180 acres of downtown streets, sidewalks, plazas and parks to the tune of about $150 million. Downtown OKC will be unrecognizable, at street level, in three years, about the time that Devon Tower is wrapping up.
IMO the best thing about Project 180 is the $30 million overhaul of the Myriad Gardens. The 4-block park is directly south of the Devon site and was originally designed by I.M. Pei but was needing some work in some places. The park renovation will begin next April after the annual Festival of the Arts and take place over 12 months.

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it stands out which is good, but the location is blah

it would have looked loads better in seattle or tacoma xD
Maybe, but Seattle simply doesn't have the vision of an OKC. So, it's actually a better fit for OKC, a city which is making an attractive physical environment of its own.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 12:22 AM   #340
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A veteran downtown developer has bought up nearly all of the adjacent block directly west of the Devon site, but is keeping quiet about his plans. The block includes several historic structures but the rumor is some of the lesser buildings may come down to make way for a residential tower.

Also, Sandridge Energy has announced a $100 million overhaul of their property which is the former Kerr-McGee headquarters. Obviously this is harder to label a "spinoff" of Devon, but Devon definitely set the precedent for investing in downtown property. Sandridge (formerly Riata) moved several years ago from Amarillo and is run by Tom Ward, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy. They plan to demolish several historical buildings on their property and this is already meeting with opposition. They have to go to an urban design committee and will probably be denied permission to demolish.



IMO the best thing about Project 180 is the $30 million overhaul of the Myriad Gardens. The 4-block park is directly south of the Devon site and was originally designed by I.M. Pei but was needing some work in some places. The park renovation will begin next April after the annual Festival of the Arts and take place over 12 months.
Another thing is that they're leveling the berms which have served to isolate the gardens from the street so that you couldn't look into the gardens.
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