Uptown Oklahoma City a Neighborhood in Oklahoma City

Uptown Oklahoma City is the geographic area of Oklahoma City that is located south of Downtown, west of I-235 and extends north to Memorial Road. The majority of Uptown lies within the boundaries of the original townsite plattline as surveyed by Willam King in 1889. Since inception, this neighborhood has been undergoing a transitional revival with many new businesses opening their doors and stimulating the local economy.

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Uptown Oklahoma City is an upcoming mixed use neighborhood that is located directly south of downtown Oklahoma City. It is bounded by I-35 to the north, I-40 to the south, I-235 to the west and Memorial Road to the east with Paseo Street acting as a dividing line between Classen Boulevard and Belle Isle Avenue. The majority of Uptown lies within the original townsite plattline as surveyed by Willam King in 1889 including land north of NW 16th up until Nichols Hills Plaza. South of NW 16th street are many historic homes that were built from 1910 thru 1930’s at which point it became home to several upscale apartment buildings such as Bristol Place (1930), Ambassador West (1965) and the Ambassador East (1929). With Nichols Hills Plaza to the south, Classen Boulevard to the west and NW 39th to the east which indicates why Uptown was referred to as “The Golden Corridor”.

From its inception, uptown Oklahoma City has undergone a transitional revival with new businesses opening their doors and stimulating the local economy. Not only is this area experiencing an economic renaissance but it’s also attracting people who are interested in living urban lifestyles which can be defined as having all of your needs being within walking distance such as grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars etc. For example, in March of 2015 developer Tony Ruggeri opened Food Hall OKC on one end of Penn Square Mall by re-developing two full service restaurants which included The Great American Grill and A’s Bistro into one establishment. He then transformed the dining room of PF Changs into a new concept called A Tavola, an Italian restaurant that features homemade pasta dishes prepared by chefs in full view of the customers.

On March 1st 2015 real estate developer Tony Ruggeri opened Food Hall OKC on one end of Penn Square Mall by re-developing two full service restaurants which included The Great American Grill and A’s Bistro into one establishment. He then transformed the dining room of PF Changs into a new concept called A Tavola, an Italian restaurant that features homemade pasta dishes prepared by chefs in full view of the customers. Other businesses coming soon include some retail shop space on the lower level of Penn Square Mall, a new office complex by Williams & Associates and new housing.

Additionally, since 2007, the City of Oklahoma City has designated this neighborhood as a Redevelopment Area which allows flexibility with zoning ordinances to make it easier for owners and developers to work together to redevelop land. With over 880 acres, the 7th Street Corridor is an area that is ripe for redevelopment. The plan includes 6 phases starting at NW 7 and Hudson Ave extending south towards downtown until it reaches NW 23rd. The first phase including parts of the classen corridor were completed in 2008 with Ed Noble Parkway being extended from Classen Blvd all the way down to I-235 where it dead ends at a new park called Utica Square Park (named after the original subdivision).