Land use and strategic development plan for Innovation District introduced

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2019 By: Staff Reports


Photos/renderings credit: Perkins + Will

A planning team led by Perkins + Will (P+W) has determined the types of development necessary for Oklahoma City’s Innovation District to become an even bigger economic development driver.

The land use and strategic development plan, introduced today, follows a 2017 study by the Brookings Institute and Project for Public Spaces, which created ideas on how the district could bring in more jobs as well as develop amenities for the underserved neighborhoods adjacent to the district.

The Innovation District is anchored by the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley and includes the surrounding neighborhoods.

With the implementation of the first phase, the district has the potential to create more than $1 billion in annual additional economic impact and generate $423 million in additional annual labor income.

The plan was funded jointly by the Oklahoma City Innovation District, The Alliance for Economic Development, the City of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Presbyterian Health Foundation, and the University of Oklahoma.

“We want Oklahoma City to be the place where people relocate to for their next research project, whether that’s in bioscience or energy,” said Katy Boren, Innovation District president and CEO. “Having productive and functioning spaces, with access to other powerful minds, will make us a destination for the next generation of researchers.”

Brookings recommended creating a strategic plan for development and land use within the district. The P+W plan takes the recommendations from Brookings and the Project for Public Spaces and creates a framework that can be used to attract the right development in the best places.

Perkins + Will was tasked with creating a plan that showed how the city and state entities could develop a dense, active, safe, and well-connected mixed-use environment. The land-use plan focused specifically on the area that includes the Oklahoma Health Center, the University of Oklahoma campus and research park, the state capitol area, and the adjacent neighborhoods, and the retail district known as Automobile Alley.

P+W Principal Stephen Coulston said he’s enjoyed working with the city leaders, who are focused on lifting the whole community.

“It has been a remarkable experience to work in a city

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