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!

Wednesday, December 8

9:00am – 12:00pm, Wednesday, December 8

Photo by Scott McDonald

Arts-based Placemaking is an innovative and integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies while bringing a sense of community and creativity. This tour will take you through the Oklahoma Contemporary, a community art Center that ignites creativity through exhibitions, from there the group will visit the vibrant Industry Flea and Holiday PopUp Shops.

Transportation: Streetcar | Cost: $10

12:30pm – 3:30pm, Wednesday, December 8

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

12:30pm – 3:30pm, Wednesday, December 8

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, December 9

8:00am – 11:00am, Thursday, December 9

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

8:00am – 11:00am, Thursday, December 9

Formally an oilfield site and rail yard turntable, this City block includes the Bricktown Fire station, the first LEED certified building in OKC, the Steelyeard 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

10:30am – 1:30pm, Thursday, December 9

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

Friday, December 10

8:00am – 11:00am, December 10

This bus tour will visit the Homeland Grocery store which opened September 1, 2021. Cathy O’Connor the CEO of the Alliance for Economic Development along with Marc Jones, President & CEO of Homeland will discuss the challenges and incentives required to build a Grocery store in a food desert. the next stop is the Oklahoma City Freedom Center, home of the local civil rights movement where activities were planned by the NAACP Youth Council, Clara Luper, an Oklahoma City icon who led the first sit-in demonstration in 1958, and others. Freedom Center Inc., an organization of community members dedicated to the restoration of the Freedom Center worked to save and expand the footprint to include Clara Luper Civil Rights Center to transform Oklahoma City’s knowledge of their civil rights history, and to positively influence the future of northeast OKC.

Transportation: Bus | Cost: $25

8:00am – 11:00am, December 10

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

8:00am – 11:00am, December 10

Come learn more about OKC’s rich history. This tour will take you through Oklahoma City’s Eastside. It 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 Douglas 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

Saturday, December 11

9:00am – 12:00pm, December 11

Come take a walk with us and learn more about Downtown Oklahoma City’s transformation from a stagnant business district into a desirable city center 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