A three-hour debate Thursday by the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment over a proposed five-story building at the northern gateway to Automobile Alley ended up with a delay after the development team and the Automobile Alley Association agreed to meet to iron out their differences.
Safdar Muhammad, developer of Broadway Park, NW 11 and Broadway, joined by architect Haven Mankin and attorney David Box, provided a list of how they tried to respond to concerns raised by the Automobile Alley Association and the Downtown Design Review Committee.
They noted a city planner asked on their behalf if Makin could meet with the Automobile Alley Association prior to their first design review hearing and were told architect Rand Elliott had denied the request. The current and incoming chairs of the association responded such a presentation was welcome, and is still welcome.
Nobody from the association addressed the allegation that Elliott, acting on the association’s behalf, had blocked the presentation.
Both sides agreed the dispute between the two sides remains the designs for balconies on the building’s upper floors. The appeal of the Downtown Design Review Committee decision not to let the project move forward will be heard again by the city’s Board of Adjustment on Aug. 18.