Caffeine and camaraderie in Cafe Evoke reported lodging tax collections in 2010 were $355,213. After a gradual decrease to $354,271 in 2011, that number jumped to $411,094 in 2012, and hit $442,249 in 2013. In the central business district, two more future developments were recently approved: Plaza USA, a two-story, multitenant retail/commercial development on the southeast corner of Campbell and Broadway, and the Patriarch Craft Beer House and Lawn, in a three-story house built in 1903, at 9 E. Edwards. The beer house is set to open this spring. Along Interstate 35, what used to be a lonely stretch of highway has evolved into a bustling center of activity. Fox Lake Retail Center, at 15th and I-35, welcomed Walmart and a Sam’s Club that opened last year. Development is continuing in that area with two additional 11,000-square-foot buildings, Weinmeister said. Health care companies also are investing in projects along Interstate 35. Mercy Edmond I-35 opened in June – its 206,000-square-foot facility at 2017 W. I-35 Frontage Road includes Mercy Fitness Center, Mercy Sports Performance, Mercy Clinic and outpatient surgery and more. The Mercy facility was damaged in a 2013 tornado, but in July 2014 made a full comeback. Integris Health Edmond, 4801 Integris Parkway, entered the Edmond market offering the largest full-service emergency department in the city and services ranging from diagnostic imaging to labor and delivery for Edmond’s newest residents. The hospital plans to continue growing; construction began in July on a second 45,000-square-foot medical office building, and it’s set for completion in 2015. “We promised our Edmond neighbors we would continue to grow with our community,” said Avilla Williams, Integris Health Edmond president, at the announcement of the new building. “That promise means offering the newest services and a multitude of physicians and specialists on the same campus as our 24/7 ER.” Francis Tuttle staked its claim in Edmond with the opening of its Business Innovation Center at Covell and I-35. The center 52 SLICE // FEBRUARY 2015
is expected to spur further development in the Cross Timbers Northeast Office Park. “Francis Tuttle is the first business to locate at this office park,” Weinmeister said. “We should see more offices being constructed soon on an additional 28-acre parcel directly north of Francis Tuttle.” The center functions to facilitate customized training services, career development and personal enrichment classes, the Center for Municipal Excellence and the LaunchPad FT Business Incubator. Francis Tuttle has partnered with Edmond Public Schools to work with high school students as well as working adults to create a highly skilled workforce. For fiscal year 2013, the Francis Tuttle Business and Industry Services helped more than 450 businesses with training initiatives.
Local retailers line Broadway in the heart of downtown.
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