It’s been a long road, but substantial progress is being made on The District, the retail development at Cleveland and Garriott, formerly known as Lahoma Courts.

Demolition is underway on structures at the location, and businesses are committing to open there.

It took a number of years for everything to come together, but once Kyle Williams got involved, the city of Enid sold the Lahoma Courts property to him in February, things have progressed at a rapid pace.

The original development deal for Lahoma Courts fell through in 2016. Through an agreement with former developer Hunt Properties, the city of Enid invested approximately $3.2 million into acquiring the properties at Cleveland and Garriott, but the agreement to sell the land to the developer ended in the spring of 2016.

At the time, City Manager Jerald Gilbert said the city was unable to fulfill its end of the agreement with Hunt Properties, and Hunt was unable to fulfill its end as well. After that, Ron Ward Investments LLC, of Oklahoma City, marketed the property, but no deal was announced.

Once Anchored Capital 3 LLC, the development group headed by Williams, got going it hasn’t stopped.

Right off the bat, a Jiffy Trip and Colton’s Steak House were announced as business committed to The District. Then, earlier this week, Hideaway Pizza announced plans to come to Enid in the northeast corner of the development.

The Enid location will be Hideaway’s 20th and it is expected to open in late summer or fall 2020.

In other development news, the city continues to work to close a deal with Apex Cinemas to bring in a new movie theater to The District.

We’re excited to see all the work going on, and can’t wait until businesses open in the area.

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