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OKC Urban Renewal Authority to Consider Hotel Agreement

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Urban Renewal Authority to Consider Hotel Agreement

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Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority members will consider entering a formal redevelopment agreement this week with John Q. Hammons Industries that would allow the company to move ahead with plans to build a Courtyard by Marriott beside the new Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Urban Renewal Authority board members will take up the redevelopment agreement when they meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 204 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 2400. The move would make final a decision by the authority in January that conditionally named Hammons as the developer for the site.

"This will allow the hotel development to go forward," said Tiana Douglas, executive director of the authority. "This is the approval of the actual development agreement and the building plans for the hotel."

John Q. Hammons Industries in January won the right to develop the eight-story, 225-room hotel and a roughly 500-car parking garage at the southwest corner of W. Reno Avenue and E.K. Gaylord Boulevard. The property would be on 1.45 acres beside the new 20,800- seat Ford Center arena.

Architectural renderings of the proposed hotel provided by Lohmeyer Russell Architecture show a brick and cast-stone building that faces to the northeast. The hotel plans include an enclosed courtyard, swimming pool, exercise room, dining area and lounge. Several meeting rooms also will be incorporated into the design.

Officials with John Q. Hammons Industries were not immediately available Monday to comment on the development or its cost.

David Jones, deputy director of the Urban Renewal Authority, said the design appears to conform to the requirements the authority had set for the development.

"We think this is a quality building in terms of structure," Jones said. "Mr. Hammons has kept his word when he said he would build a full-service hotel. That was important to us."

Jones noted that the building will feature an unusually wide variety of room types and sizes and will have a layout that prevents a direct line-of-site between one room's doorway and others in the building. …

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