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Tal Pushes Bricktown Plan to City Council

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tal Pushes Bricktown Plan to City Council

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Moshe Tal hasn't begun to slow down in efforts to sway the Oklahoma City Council and public opinion that his partnership, CCBT, deserves to develop the south Bricktown area. Others, however, feel he is spinning his wheels.

Tal tried to convince the City Council at Tuesday's meeting that The Cordish Co. -- Tal's Bricktown 2000's partner in the bid for the development -- is legitimate.

Mayor Kirk Humphreys and David Cordish, owner of Cordish, had a phone conversation about the proposed development Monday. CCBT was recently rejected by the Urban Renewal Authority in favor of TMK/Hogan for development of the land. Humphreys commented to the City Council Tuesday that he feels the Cordish proposal should be taken seriously: "What we have here are two developers, both of whom have great plans for the land. And I think we all want to make the best decision for Oklahoma City. I did, at Mr. Tal's request yesterday, speak with Mr. Cordish. Mr. Cordish is a developer of national reputation, so he certainly is a man of substance and ability and experience. So I spoke with him yesterday afternoon. I would comment that I'm not pushing the Cordish proposal at all. They brought this forward. But as they brought it forward, I think it's important to consider all our options carefully." But what those options are remains unclear. Dan Brummitt, assistant municipal counselor, suggested that the whole matter really is out of the city's hands. The deal is strictly between Urban Renewal and TMK/Hogan, which was selected as the developer. Brummitt said Tal's protests are unusual. "I've never seen a situation where a competing developer has come in and made a pitch to the city," said Brummitt. Tal, on the other hand, does not believe the deal can go forward with the consent of council. "Any contract on any development related to MAPS needs city approval," said Tal. …

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