The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2014

February 15, 2014

Growth of Enid’s economy hinges on development

Businessmen say they are ready to see projects start, benefit city

ENID, Okla. — Construction is on.

Enid and nearby residents are awaiting several major construction projects first announced last year. This year could see several businesses cut the ribbon and open, or re-open, for business.

Broadway Tower is expected to start booking hotel rooms in its downtown boutique hotel.

Both the Koch Nitrogen plant addition and new canola processing facility should break ground around the same time in late 2014.

And local officials, while mum on details, have been optimistic Oakwood Mall is nearing the start of its renovation timeline.

‘Hell or high water’

The interior frames are almost up at Broadway Tower, which will have at least 72 new hotel rooms by the time Johnny Peart is through building.

“There’s electric that’s under way. Every component of putting it back together is under way simultaneously, including the sprinkler system and the fire alarm system,” he said. “Most of the rooms are framed and some of the electric is done. It happens in stages. One guy follows another guy. Some of the bathtubs are installed right now and the plumbers are on-site working here daily.”

The project, which won approval from the city last year, could show fruit in 2014. Peart and his crews have torn out antiquated building materials to make the structure up to code.

“It’s going to be this year, come hell or high water. We’re doing definitely what we can, and we’re coordinating an effort with all involved to open up floors and continue on with the construction,” Peart said.

Hotel rooms will go up to the 10th floor, he said. The rest currently is being used as office space. On the ground floor is space for a lounge and cafe.

Peart shut down his cafe for more renovation.

“One of the things that was going on there was the piping running through the building, some of those run right through that cafe,” he said. “So rather than stay open during that period, because it was just torn apart, it’s closed.”

There has been some delay, he said.

“It’s been difficult to get the staff that’s needed here because there’s a lot of people busy with other projects, so they come and go and come and go,” said Peart. “We hope to be further ahead, but we’re doing what we can.”

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Progress 2014
  • City_Boards_2_BH.jpg City committees are like a 2nd pair of eyes

    “The value is they see things I don’t see. Sometimes they’ll have questions on things I haven’t thought of." — Enid Woodring Regional Airport Director Dan Ohnesorge

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  • progress cover.jpg Growing Forward

    The Enid News & Eagle is publishing eight special sections that explore the progress made and the challenges faced in Enid and northwest Oklahoma. Please click on the ENE's Progress 2014 section front to view the featured individuals, businesses and organizations, concluding this week with Community Service, and see prior editions, Health and Wellness and Economic Development, Education, Northwest Oklahoma, Family, Agriculture and Energy and Faith.

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  • Watermelon_1_BH.jpg A historic trail from trash to treasure

    When Frank “Watermelon” Campbell kicked off his 42-year career with the railroad, he was given a lantern.“It didn’t prove very satisfactory because it would go out on me,” Campbell said, adding railroad officials told him to buy a new lantern and throw the first lantern in the garbage. “Well, I never (threw) it in the garbage. I kept it at home. And that’s what started my railroad collection.”

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  • Visual_Art_1_BH.jpg Recreating city of Enid into a work of art

    “Overall, I hope to see some art that adds vibrancy and creativity throughout Enid. When you have a vibrant and creative town, it attracts more residents and work force.” — Visual Arts Committee member Kelly Tompkins, Main Street Enid director.

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • ATSCounseling.jpg A great partnership

    “There is no doubt we have good numbers. We can’t brag on ATS enough for our guys, because it’s rare.”
    John Lipsey, DOC Assistant Supervisor for the Northwest District

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  • Suzy_Miebergen_BH.jpg Roots dig deep to keep Enid beautiful

    There is property value, pride, visitors coming, businesses coming,. The way your city looks, they’ve proven over and over again it’s in the top five things they’re going to notice.” — Suzy Meibergen, chairwoman of Keep Enid Beautiful

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  • Master_Gardners_BH.jpg Project is growing

    Garfield County Master Gardeners is brought to the county by Oklahoma State University Extension, and there currently are more than 60 members of the volunteer group.

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  • Doug_Newell_1_BH.jpg Life for ESO director is more than music

    I have just been very fortunate to be around so many people with so many diverse skills. I don’t think there is anyone I’ve ever met that didn’t make an impression, that didn’t make me a more well-rounded person.”
    Douglas Newell, music and executive director, Enid Symphony Orchestra

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  • Park_Avenue_1_BH.jpg Park Avenue Thrift is passionate about Enid

    “People are jealous of David and I because we have a wonderful job. But we’re nothing without our people.” — Paula Nightengale

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  • EHS_Community_Service_1_BH.jpg Getting involved all part of a good education

    Jenny Root, special education teacher at EHS, has served as sponsor of Community Service Club at Enid High School for about 10 years. “I believe community service is an important part of education,” Root said.

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