Brownfields 2022 Mobile Workshops

The Brownfields Conference offers several exciting opportunities to view local redevelopment sites through featured mobile workshops. Don’t miss your chance to explore Oklahoma City with your Brownfields colleagues!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1-4pm

Downtown Oklahoma City served as the city’s center for commerce and industry for the first half of the 20th century. Like many American cities, Oklahoma City’s downtown fell into decline as residents and businesses headed to the suburbs. By the 1990s, renewed efforts were underway to bring life back to the urban core; preserving and revitalizing the remaining downtown landmarks was identified as key to that effort. Two major buildings, the Skirvin and the First National Center were redeveloped utilizing the Brownfields program and other incentives making them valuable assets to Oklahoma City.

Transportation: Streetcar| Cost: $10

📸 firstnationalokc.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1-4pm

Be amongst the first to experience Oklahoma’s First Americans Museum (FAM).  This incredible space is dedicated to honoring and representing the 39 nations that reside in Oklahoma. The FAM tells the Native American history by Native American people. The site on which the FAM is built is a Brownfields site and was part of Oklahoma’s first oilfield, which required extensive remediation. Come learn this unique story of Brownfields redevelopment, a story of healing the land.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $30

📸 visitokc.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1-4pm

This tour will highlight the ups and downs of a 2005 U. S. EPA grant funded planning charrette project designed to stimulate the redevelopment of four Superfund sites and their surroundings. This tour will include a walk through the neighborhood surrounding the Douglass at Page Woodson, an affordable mixed income housing neighborhood, preserving and celebrating the area’s African American heritage and local businesses. Next the tour will head to EastPoint development, 41,202 square feet of renovated single-story retail and office space along a commercial corridor in northeast Oklahoma City. We will discuss how the first phase overcame lenders’ doubts to deliver the first new retail space to a neighborhood in a generation, and the developer’s innovative approach to retaining tenants by granting an equity stake in the project.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $25

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1-4pm

Come visit OKC’s west side as we take a tour through the West Village new urban redevelopment. This development sits along Film Row and includes various mixed-use establishments including the 21c Hotel, Jones Assembly, restaurant and concert venue, and commercial spaces. Iconic to the west side “The Sunshine Building” formally the Sunshine Cleaners Building has been transformed into a commercial Brewery and taproom. Learn more about its restoration as we sip through the Stonecloud Brewery.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $25

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 1-4pm

The only State Capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells this building has a remarkable historical and environmental story to tell. Following the State Capitol, the tour will visit the 23rd Street Armory, a planned destination brewery with amenities that include a full-service hotel, restaurant, pool club and event spaces.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $25

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 1-4pm

Capitol Hill on SW 25th Street – known affectionately as Calle Dos Cinco in Oklahoma City’s vibrant Hispanic community – has been transformed in recent years. Lean how multiple buildings including the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) partnered with the City to revitalize a once underutilized district into a district dedicated to serving the Hispanic community.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $25

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 1-4pm

Formally an oilfield site and rail yard turntable, this City block includes the Bricktown Fire station, the first LEED certified building in OKC, the Steelyard Apartments a mixed-use complex with 33 units dedicated to income qualifying residents and the AC Hotel and Hyatt Sites. This was a catalyst site in Oklahoma helping in job creation and community revitalization.

Transportation: Streetcar | Cost: $10

Friday, August 19, 2022

Friday, August 19, 2022, 8-11am

Come take a walk with us and learn more about Downtown Oklahoma City’s transformation of an underutilized industrial area into a desirable connection from the Core of our City to the Shore of our river working with public and private investments that have resulted from the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) initiative. The tour will discuss the economic impact of planning and parks and will highlight the Oklahoma City Convention Center, the Omni Hotel, Thunder Alley, Scissortail Park, Skydance Pedestrian Bridge, Streetcar Maintenance Facility, and end at the Social Capital Restaurant and Beer Garden.

Transportation: Walking Tour | Cost: free

Friday, August 19, 2022, 8-11am

In 1993 the citizens of Oklahoma City voted to invest in themselves, in 1999 the canal was completed. Lined with restaurants, retail and night clubs, the Bricktown Canal continues to spur development in this formerly abandoned warehouse district. Oklahoma City worked to build the canal and connect the city to the Oklahoma River, learn more about the process, it’s creation and added value to the city. This tour will take you through a winding water taxi tour of Bricktown Canal and make its way down to the Oklahoma Boathouse district, a riverfront development like no other.

Transportation: Bus, Water Taxi | Cost: $40

Friday, August 19, 2022, 8-11am

Take a ride with us as we learn more about the Wheeler District located on the former Downtown Airpark site. This closed airport is being transformed into Oklahoma City’s newest urban waterfront neighborhood. The development incorporates urbanist concepts including placemaking, high density shared public spaces, walkability, bike ability, and it’s very own Ferris wheel.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $25