New commercial construction projects in Oklahoma City showed 20 projects with a total of 2.29 million square feet permitted during 1993, according to information provided in the city's quarterly publication of Status and Change.
For the first time in the 10-year reporting period, all categories of permitted new commercial construction showed gains in the number of permitted square feet. Commercial is broken into retail, office, industrial and public sectors.
The largest commercial projects permitted during the year included an industrial warehouse with 530,767 square feet on SW 44th St. near S. Rockwell Ave. The next largest project allowed during the year was the Oklahoma City Airport Trust's 530,000-square-foot prisoner transfer facility at Will Rogers World Airport.
Penn Crossing Shopping Center on NW 23rd St. at N. Pennsylvania Ave. had 190,476 square feet permitted during 1993, making it the third largest project. Megamarket, a 24-hour grocery store, is the anchor of the center and held its grand opening Wednesday.
A new medical office building with 155,000 square feet at Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma on Northwest Expressway west of N. May Ave. was allowed during the year, making it the fourth largest structure permitted during 1993.
Other commercial projects permitted during the year included five retail projects for structures with 117,000 square feet in fifth place, 64,120 square feet in eighth place, 49,075 square feet in 12th place, 47,000 square feet in 15th place and 40,567 square feet in 16th place.
Commercial permits included two office projects, one for 75,000 square feet, the seventh largest project, west of S. Western Ave. and south of SW 29th St., and the other for 50,000 square feet, the 10th …