OKC Talk


Once home to the Carmelite Convent and a private school, Villa Teresa closed in 2012 and then was purchased by preservationists who sought to preserve but repurpose the beautiful property in Midtown.

Several new-construction condos and townhomes have been built and sold on what had been vacant land along the east boundary.

Now, work has commenced to convert most of the original buildings into a boutique hotel.

It will include
Fast progress on the massive OKANA resort and indoor waterpark surrounding the First Americans Museum.

More details have emerged, such as renderings for the waterpark and plans for a big ‘wibit’ water structure/course, as well as a large arcade, several large restaurants and retail establishments, a big spa, outdoor slides, a swim-up outdoor bar, and more.

The Oklahoma River is currently drained for dredging but soon a pedestrian bridge will be added over the waterway
The new Love’s Field is rushing towards the March 1st home opener for 3-time defending national NCAA softball champs, the University of Oklahoma.

The Sooners start the defense of their title on Feb 8th with several out-of-state games then host a tournament starting the first day of next month. OU officials are committed to having the new facility in ‘functional condition’ by March 1st although finish work will be ongoing this spring.

The $48 million ballpark includes
The developer of a proposed super-tall tower near Bricktown has added a spire that would make it the tallest building in the United States.

The three buildings that would come first would each be 345, making them tied for the 8th tallest buildings in Oklahoma City (just behind City Place).

They also issued a new press release with updated details:

2024 will be remembered as the year Oklahoma City started to convert big dreams into reality.

Olympic events? A $1 billion arena? A new downtown stadium? A massive indoor waterpark and swim lagoon? These things are soon to come into existence with progress happening right now.

OKC will also get its first lifestyle center later this year, as the first phases of OAK will open as early as this summer. The massive OKANA project is moving very fast along the Oklahoma
2023 was a very eventful year in the Central Oklahoma dining and bar scene, with scores of closings, openings, and many new projects planned for 2024.

1492 - Midtown
1884 Railyard - Edmond Railyard
Bandees BBQ - Chisholm Creek
Black Mesa Brewery
Cafe do Brasil - Midtown
Capitals Ice Cream Midtown and Cities Ice Cream Edmond
City + State
At the end of December, the City Council was briefed on the intention to place the new MAPS 4 multi-purpose stadium on the former site of the Producer’s Coop just south of Bricktown.

Notes obtained by OKCTalk show the intention to add $30 million to the original stadium budget of $41 million. $20 million would come from tax increment financing (TIF) and $10 million would be derived from funds generated by the Omni Hotel deal with the City.

The $71 million total budget
Colorado-based Notes Live has submitted planning documents for the proposed 12,000-seat amphitheater in far west Oklahoma City near Mustang.

The exact location would be just north of Mustang North Middle School, with Kilpatrick Turnpike to the West, SW 15th to the south and between Mustang Road and Sarah Road. I-40 is just to the north.

The group is under construction on a similar project in Colorado Springs and is seeking investors for additional locations around
Demolition has begun on the old Aquaticus facility to make way for a new and elaborate marine mammal habitat which will feature a large indoor/outdoor penguin exhibit.

The Oklahoma City Zoo has filed plans and work will soon start on a new and elaborate marine mammal habitat which will include a large indoor/outdoor penguin exhibit.

This new expansion will be located in the eastern section of the park overlooking Zoo Lake and encompass 3.5 acres including existing sites
Start-up Canoo has produced its first electronic vehicle at the new Oklahoma City plant.

Earlier this year, an LLC affiliated with the company acquired the 630,000 square foot manufacturing facility and surrounding land at I-40 and Morgan Road, formerly operated by Terex.

The first assembled vehicles were on display this week and the OKC plant continues to hire, with 120 employees expected by the end of the year with a goal of 700 as production ramps up.