The Britton District will soon be getting a facelift thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment from the city.
“Despite the heavy traffic that goes down Britton Road, a lot of people have sort of just flown right by it and haven't thought of this as a viable commercial district in a long time,” Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said.
The Britton District, which is just east of the intersection of Britton and Western, used to be a thriving community in the heart of a small town. It hasn't been that way for over 50 years.
Holt said he's hoping to change that with money left over from bond issues for infrastructure projects.
“We're going to have about a $2.5 million investment into the Britton District over the next few years. It can make it more accessible for cars, more accessible for pedestrians and just visually and aesthetically more pleasing,” Holt said.
He said the investment will compliment the work already being done in the Britton District.
“We just thought a local place that was really committed to being a neighborhood place and approachable would really take off here. We really believe in the area,” Holt said.
Jay Laquinta with Venn Pizza on Britton said they’ve only been open a few days.
“I was worried it would be a little slow build because of the area, but that has not been the case. We've been open to close pretty busy,” Laquinta said.
Laquinta said the Britton District is moving in the direction, but he would like to see more development in the area.
“I just think mainly we just need more businesses to invest in the area and I think it's going to happen,” Laquinta said.
The next step is for the city and Britton District developers to come up with a plan for what the future of the district looks like.