Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Urban Renewal Members Schedule Trip to Study Medical Research Parks

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Urban Renewal Members Schedule Trip to Study Medical Research Parks

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Members of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority office are scheduled to travel to the East Coast at the end of September in an attempt to establish some ideas and guidelines in developing a "biomedical research park" near the Oklahoma Health Center.

By looking at similar developments, out of the competition area for Oklahoma, they hope to set some guidelines as to the development of such a park that could also tie the area to downtown Oklahoma City.

The property in question is an area between NE 4th St. and NE 8th St., N. Lincoln Blvd. and Int. Hwy. 235. At this time, Urban Renewal is in the process of acquiring land in that area. Initially, the property for the research park could be 100 acres. However, it could move across Int. Hwy. 235 and possibly be anchored by the building at 500 N. Broadway that formerly housed the Oklahoma Publishing Co., Executive Director Tiana Douglas said at an Urban Renewal meeting Thursday.

"We have kind of a land use configuration right now," she said. Visits to various research parks could serve as the "springboard" to this development.

The area could serve as a link of the Oklahoma Health Center, Oklahoma State Capitol and downtown Oklahoma City.

Panel members of the Urban Land Institute of Washington, D.C., who in April studied the near northwest area of Oklahoma City, recommended a link between the three areas would be beneficial. Int. Hwy. 235 is a barrier that needs to be overcome, they said. More consistency is needed in development such as sign regulations and landscaping requirements for the areas to make them look more uniform, they said.

They recommended unity among the Oklahoma Health Center, Oklahoma State Capitol and St. Anthony Hospital as well.

Dr. Jay H. Stein, senior vice president and provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, is also "interested in making a link of downtown to the Oklahoma Capitol complex," Douglas said. …

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