The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 April 2006

Number 33

Something in Steve Lackmeyer's Oklahoman piece on downtown residency today struck a chord around here, and after poking around the archives for thirty or forty seconds I turned up this, which contained a quote from Downtown OKC's Skyline Snapshot:

Located at NE 7th Street and Oklahoma Avenue this 2150 square foot urban loft residence lies amidst a definitively resurging area. With the convenience of downtown accessibility and the proximity to Automobile Alley, Deep Deuce and Bricktown, this modern designed home embodies urban living while capitalizing on the Oklahoma City skyline views. The clarity and openness of its plan, flexible spatial organization, balanced proportions and outdoor living spaces truly exemplify the client's desire for a dwelling/studio concept. The easily adaptable, functionally flexible home is site specific with directionally framed views always providing a connection to the outdoors.

Status: Designed by J3 Architecture, this private residence is currently under construction with completion expected in March 2006.

March has come and gone, and more or less so has April, but here's the situation, as described by Lackmeyer:

Designer David Wanzer found their spot at NE 7 and Oklahoma, a stretch of mostly vacant properties that was the Maywood neighborhood until it was cleared for construction of the Centennial Expressway. The lot was filled with brush and debris. Mosquitoes buzzed around abandoned tires.

The couple bought the lot just in time. As they closed on their property, Anthony McDermid, Bert Belanger and Pat Garrett were announcing they had bought and assembled dozens of nearby lots for development of a mixed-use town center.

The Blankenships paid about $3 a square foot for their lot, not cheap but less than the $15 to $20 a square foot now asked for land across the street.

The home, with its modern design, is still under construction, and the couple routinely entertain inquiries from passersby who want to know more about what they’re looking at.

"They can’t believe it's a house," Becky Blankenship said. "Others get excited, because they've seen this style done elsewhere, but not here."

At the time, which was around the end of December, I said this:

So I drove to 33 NE 7th to see what was up, and while evidence of that definitive resurging is presently conspicuous by its absence, I am prepared to assert that even in its unfinished state, this is one cool-looking house, and I am prepared to envy the client who is undoubtedly paying big bucks for it.

In a good way, of course. And the current Skyline Snapshot predicts a May completion.

Posted at 9:11 AM to City Scene