Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The extensive downtown Oklahoma City street renovation project known as Project 180 continues to make it challenging to get to the Chamber offices as construction crews are currently focused on Park Avenue between Robinson and Broadway. However, when this part of the street is completely finished sometime this fall, Park Avenue will be transformed with new sidewalks, new landscaping, including trees, and a redesigned street. It's not the only street that Project 180 has transformed or will be tackling in the coming months to make downtown Oklahoma City shine.
As The Oklahoman recently reported, next on the list is a landscaping and a downtown plaza near the Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma Tower, the Robinson Renaissance and Robinson Plaza buildings. Construction there should start in early 2016.
We've already been enjoying one of the early phases of Project 180, the renovation at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Crystal Bridge, for awhile now. Paying for that construction along with the rest of Project 180 are Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds from the construction of the Devon Tower, General Obligation Bonds passed in the 2007 bond election and the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust, according to the project's website.
As you walk around and look at the shiny new streets, you can also get a sense of Oklahoma's history -- and how far we've come since we formed overnight in 1889 -- with a series of destination markers placed throughout the area. See an interactive map of them all, and click through to read about some of the city's pioneers and its landmarks. You'll get to see them all on foot, but it's interesting to see them all at once online, so you know where to go.
In the meantime, here's how you can visit the Chamber around the construction.