Oklahoma City Chosen for Redevelopment of Abandoned Properties Program

Oklahoma City Chosen for Redevelopment of Abandoned Properties Program

Old buildings provide an historical attraction to a city.  They symbolize a city’s history and allow people to connect to the past as they move forward with the new. However, the downside to older buildings is that many of them become abandoned and fall into disrepair, sometimes for years, thus becoming eye sores.

A study last year in Oklahoma City revealed that there are more than 12,000 abandoned buildings throughout the city. The City Council, as a result, is acting on an ordinance that will require old buildings to be registered with the city government. This will help the city plan ways to address these buildings and determine whether to demolish them for new structures or redevelop them.

Recently, The Community Progress Leadership Institute chose Oklahoma City as one of eight cities nationwide that will undergo a training program on the redevelopment of abandoned properties. The training will be held in Boston in March and will help the local government look for ways to bring back the vacant buildings in ways that are beneficial to the community.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

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