Boost for Uptown 23rd

OKC to approve $10,000 in funding for neighborhood association

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

by Brianna Bailey

The Journal Record

Revitalization efforts on NW 23rd Street are poised to receive a $10,000 boost from the city.

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday is set to approve the funding for the Uptown 23rd association through the city’s Commercial District Revitalization Program. The city adopted the program in 2009 to help business owners better market their commercial districts.

The NW 23rd Street corridor is quickly becoming one of the city’s trendiest corridors for restaurants and shops.

The CDRP funding will be used to pay for a part-time assistant executive director, a walkability study of the area and for things like decorative banners that will give the area more of its own identity, said Jennifer Seal, Uptown 23rd president.

The neighborhood has seen a resurgence because of all of the new businesses opening in the neighborhood, as well as Land Run Development’s plans for the Rise shopping development at NW 23rd and Walker Avenue, Seal said.

A new Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt recently opened at 600 NW 23rd St. Next door, the restaurant Pizza 23 is preparing to open. Grandad’s Bar has been open for about six weeks after renovating a long-empty storefront at 317 NW 23rd St.

“It is going very well,” said Seal, who opened the bar with her husband, Greg Seal. “My favorite thing about it is that the bar has attracted such an eclectic group. I’m so glad so many people feel welcome here.”

The upscale Asian restaurant Guernsey Park is also preparing to open this fall at 2418 N. Guernsey Ave., behind Cuppies and Joe.

Kim Cooper-Hart, a planner with Oklahoma City who oversees the Commercial District Revitalization Program, said she’s impressed with the new momentum she has seen from business owners in the area.

“A number of people have tried to do something there over the years, but things happen and people aren’t always able to follow through,” Cooper-Hart said. “These new folks have just had the energy to do it.”