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Planned 90-acre north OKC tourist destination has ‘all kinds of potential’

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Construction will begin this year on some key elements at The Half – a 50-acre mixed-use development in north Oklahoma City.

Completion of all projects on the site is still a couple of years away, but the developers already are looking ahead to a second half.

Another 45 acres south of the first phase has “all kinds of potential” for more new-to-market entertainment and retail uses, developer Randy Hogan said Tuesday.

Hogan predicts the entire 90-acre mixed-use development will be “a tourist destination.”

The 50-acre site on the American Fidelity Assurance Co. campus southeast of Broadway Extension and Britton Road is home to Dolese Bros. headquarters, Flix Brewhouse and Chicken N Pickle among other businesses.

The 325-unit BroadVue Apartments are on track to begin leasing in March or April, Hogan said, and Andretti Indoor Karting & Games will break ground soon on a 100,000-square-foot entertainment center expected to be open by spring break 2025.

“We anticipate it will draw 700,000 to 750,000 people a year,” said Hogan, who is developing The Half with American Fidelity. “It’s a regional draw.”

The eight-story Skyline Hotel is expected to break ground in Q2 next to the apartment complex.

Steven Callendar, chief operating officer for Skybridge Development, said the 140-room boutique hotel will feature a rooftop restaurant and bar with an expansive view to the south and “many amenities and services” on the first and second floors, including a spa.

The location will assist American Fidelity and other nearby businesses that now must put their people up in hotels miles away, Callendar said.

Hogan said the hotel will be part of a boardwalk development along the property’s large pond that will feature four full-dining experience restaurants with patio seating, water features and lighting for great ambiance.

“You’ll get an urban feel in a suburban location,” he said. “It’s going to create another pocket (destination) in Oklahoma City.”

Hogan said he is working with Carter Wilson at Blue Plate Network in Dallas to select the non-chain restaurants. “We’re getting close to announcing three of them,” he said.

The restaurants are expected to open in 2025 ahead of the hotel which will require about 24 months to build.

Two medical businesses and a couple of quick-service restaurants should wrap up the initial development costing more than $200 million, Hogan said.

The second phase – as well as Oklahoma Avenue – will extend south to Wilshire Boulevard. Groundbreaking likely will start early in 2025. “It’s got all kinds of potential,” he said.

An OnCue store will anchor the corner spot at Wilshire and Broadway Extension.

When the full 90 acres is developed, The Half will be an attractive and engaging place for both residents and visitors to meet halfway between Edmond and downtown Oklahoma City, Hogan said.

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