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Scouting A New Site

“Lilly Thomson sells Girl Scout cookies just about as well as anyone, and she proved it by moving more than 6,000 boxes of Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-si-dos this year, earning her a trip to Disney World.”
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New owners plan to rehabilitate Classen Inn

“Spinning glass globes once again will appear atop the Classen Inn sign almost 40 years after they were taken down as the area just west of Midtown fell into a decades-long decline that has been reversed in the new century.”
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Building Confidence in Capitol Hill

“People loved it before, and they’ll love it again,” Aimee Ahpeatone says. She was speaking of Capitol Hill, the historic neighborhood south of downtown, where she and Steve Mason – the driving forces behind the Plaza District’s development renaissance – are now making substantial investments in property.
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OKC CENTRAL CHAT COMMENTARY: Oklahoma City's Project 180

Without Steve Mason, you don't have Ninth Street or the redeveloped 1000 block of Broadway. Without the preservationist community, you don't have the Skirvin, you don't have the Walnut Avenue bridge in Bricktown, you don't have the historic buildings we still enjoy.
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Oklahoma Capitol's Renovated West Entrance Reopens

In another step toward restoration of the state Capitol, the building’s recently renovated west public entrance was reopened Wednesday. The action is part of a $245 million Capitol overhaul being paid for with bonds approved by the Legislature.
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Oklahoma Capitol's Renovated West Entrance Reopens

In another step toward restoration of the state Capitol, the building’s recently renovated west public entrance was reopened Wednesday. The action is part of a $245 million Capitol overhaul being paid for with bonds approved by the Legislature.
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Is the Plaza District OKC's best dining destination?

Once upon a time, what we call the Plaza District was a simple strip of NW 16 where folks who lived nearby could get groceries, clothing, hardware, furniture, a tank of gas or see a show at the Plaza Theatre.
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MRI Tenant — Taqueria Rafitas

Located in the recently lovely Ten Penn neighborhood, surrounded by the original Nic’s Grill to the north and Current Studio to the south, the restaurant isn’t exactly a secret; it’s just nowhere near as well-known as it should be.
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MRI Tenant — Wicked Hippie Pop-Up Store @ The Womb 

Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne’s girlfriend, Katy Weaver, will open her Wicked Hippie pop-up store this Saturday (11/25).
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Yale Theater Restoration Campaign

You can help restore the Yale Theater in Capitol Hill by casting your vote at voteryourmainstreet.org. The campaign is part of a national effort to engage communities and help restore historic structures.
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Yale Theater in Capitol Hill competes for historic preservation cash

Yale Theater in Capitol Hill has a long and colorful history, and a major renovation–now underway–may breathe renewed life into this historic gem.
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OKC CENTRAL LIVE CHAT: Developers discuss preservation, downtown retail

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer was joined by developers Steve Mason and Aimee Ahpeatone in fielding questions from readers during his OKC Central chat on Friday.
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City is investing in redemption

Questions continue to pop up about efforts to revitalize NE 23 and $1.3 million in tax increment financing assistance approved by the city to bring some life to the main commercial corridor in the predominantly minority eastside.
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Developer renovating Capitol Hill's Yale Theater

Steve Mason, whose work to date includes helping revive Automobile Alley and the Plaza District, is setting his sights next on Capitol Hill where he is starting to renovate the long-neglected Yale Theater.
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Steve Mason makes an effort to find the right tenants for Oklahoma City properties

When The New York Times Magazine did a photo shoot with Russell Westbrook earlier this year, they chose a once-forgotten retail strip at NW 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue that would have been unthinkable for such an important backdrop even a couple of years ago.
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Steve Mason discusses OKC's Automobile Alley with OKV's Katie Kurtz

Katie Kurtz Parker sits down with Steve Mason, one of Oklahoma's Oklavisionaries, to talk about revitalizing OKC's Automobile Alley.
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South OKC's Capitol Hill among 25 Main Streets vying for preservation grants

Capitol Hill in south Oklahoma City is among 25 Main Street communities vying for a grant that would re-create the marquee sign at the Yale Theater, the city's oldest surviving cinema.
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Could Crossroads Mall give back life taken away from Capitol Hill?

Monday afternoon, amid the grim headlines coming out of Las Vegas, I sought to distract myself by exploring a possible solution to an area whose revival has always seemed just out of reach.
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Owner of Cardinal Engineering sells downtown firm

Steve Mason, owner of one of the city's leading civil engineering firms, and a developer along Automobile Alley and the 16th Street Plaza District, is starting his “second chapter” and selling Cardinal Engineering to two prominent engineers formerly associated with the Benham Group.
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