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Community Focus: oNE OKC event hoping to breathe life into NE OKC developments

There are plans to build new restaurants and retail shops on an area of NE 23rd St.(KOKH)

There are more things to do in Oklahoma than ever before; New restaurants and retail shops are popping up around the metro, but some areas are just now getting a taste of the transformation.

"Really, expect northeast Oklahoma City to look very different from the northeast Oklahoma City that people have come to know over the last 20 years," said OKC Renaissance Inc. President Quintin Hughes.

OKC Renaissance Inc. is trying to breathe new life into this area through the "oNE OKC" event. A "block party" with a purpose: to inform the community about new developments and to encourage residents to talk about the future of northeast Oklahoma City.

"What I’m really hoping is that our youth and future developers can really envision the things they want to do and have conversations that might help them…get that spark," Hughes said.

Hughes, along with a number of community leaders, have taken steps to make this happen and the proof is in the new foundation. One of our first Community Focus stories last year was about the revitalization of the Douglas Page-Woodson School. The school has since been converted to family-style apartments, with the historical auditorium intact for the community to enjoy.

There are plans to build new restaurants and retail shops on NE 23rd. According to Hughes, at least 50 percent of the minority business owners will not only earn equity stake in the development but they will also receive money based off the square footage of their space to help create affordable leasing rates.

"Every owner has the opportunity to become an owner on the entire building," Hughes said.

oNE OKC is a family event, and will have a number of activities for everyone. The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 between N. Kelham Avenue and N. Hood Avenue. Learn more here.

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