Will This Be the New Downtown OKC Skyline?
I will never claim to be the best or even mediocre at various animation software programs – in fact this merge of the proposed Clayco towers with the proposed Hines tower is the result of some very crude manipulations using MS Paint. And yeah, I got lucky that these two renderings seemed to match pretty well.
It’s all a bit weird. I suggested starting a couple of years ago that we were looking at multiple towers being added to the skyline beyond Devon Energy Center – and now we have five all in advanced stages of planning. Based on conversations I’ve had with both development groups, we can expect construction to start first on the Hines 499 W Sheridan tower shown to the left of Devon Energy Center. A presentation will be made to the Downtown Design Review Committee on Thursday. A final vote will be sought in January.
And if all goes as planned, the site clearance could start in February with construction starting immediately after for an opening in late 2017.
The Clayco towers are on a similar schedule, but questions about the design and the request for $142 million in tax increment financing may slow this one down a bit. Both developments, however, are serious, real deals.
The sixth tower, which I believe will be developed, is a conference hotel that the city hopes to see built along with the new convention center. I don’t see it being higher than 20 stories, though at this point there is no way to know what we will ultimately end up with.
Could there be more towers in the works? Tell me what happens with the price of a barrel of oil. Tell me how these other new towers lease up first. This is new territory for Oklahoma City, and anything is possible.