Committee member Cynthia Rogers said Opticos talked about “the missing middle,” which is the middle ground that can please Norman residents as well as developers who want to bring revitalization projects to Norman’s core area.
Opticos with Ferrell Madden was selected unanimously and will be recommended to the Norman City Council.
“There’s a lot of different ways we can create this revitalization that can be a talent magnet,” McKown said, “so we can keep our great graduates.”
McKown said Norman has great homes for families but doesn’t serve an emerging demographic of people who are not looking for a typical single-family home with a big yard.
“We don’t have any place that enterprising entrepreneurial thinkers can land,” he said.
The vision project will look at various densities but is not a high-density project. The Center City Vision will kick off with interviews of stakeholders, residents and other interested persons.
Council member Stephen Tyler Holman said he wants to talk to a friend who is a police officer who works the Campus Corner beat and another friend who has worked for a long time in the area.
“Let’s also talk to the type of people we want to attract to the area,” Rogers said.
Committee member Jonathan Fowler said he has a list of people who were in core Norman but moved away for various reasons, and he plans to reach out to them.
Committee members are co-chairs McKown and Rosenthal, Council members Greg Jungman, Stephen Holman and Chad Williams, Jim Adair, Rebecca Bean, Susan Connors, Fowler, Judy Hatfield, Father Dwight Helt, Becky Patten, Daniel Pullin, Rogers, Barrett Williamson and Heather Woods O’Connell.
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