Developer planning apartment complex for the Original Mile

JLou Properties is planning to develop a 34-unit apartment complex near the intersection of Kittyhawk and Rickenbacker drives in Midwest City’s Original Mile neighborhood. (Provided image)

The BELLOM will include 34 units, green space and ground-floor retail

By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

The oldest neighborhood in Midwest City could have some new neighbors.

A local developer plans to build a 34-unit high end apartment complex that will include commercial space in the Original Mile neighborhood.

The $3.5 million project calls for six three-story buildings, 46 parking spaces, and outdoor green spaces. The complex will be built on vacant property along Kittyhawk and Jacobs drives, east of First Baptist Church of Midwest City. Five of the buildings will face Kittyhawk and one will face Jacobs.

JLou Properties LLC is developing the project. Developer Jeff Johnson said the micro community will offer a different housing option in the heart of Midwest City.  The development is called

“BELLOM” after the nearby AT&T building, formerly known as Southwestern Bell, and the initials O and M for the Original Mile.

“What we’re trying to create is a walkable and more urban lifestyle in the Original Mile,” he said. “Some people might not want to take care of a big lot and trim trees.”

The apartment complex will be one- and two-bedroom units. Two of the buildings will have ground floor commercial space.

A design image of a courtyard at the BELLOM, a proposed apartment complex in Midwest City. (Provided image)

“I imagine having a coffee, shop, ice cream shop, or sandwich shop that people can walk to,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the complex will blend in with existing architecture of First Christian Church and the AT&T building.

“The scale of our project fits in with the stadium, the church and AT&T building,” Johnson said. “There are plenty of larger buildings around and it’s not like a lone ranger.”
Johnson is seeking to rezone the property from single family residential to a simplified planned unit development (SPUD) governed by high density residential district.

All property owners within 300 feet of the project were notified of the zoning request. Several people have spoken out about the project, questioning how the project would impact the existing neighborhood.

The developer held a community meeting with residents on Wednesday, July 31 . The planning commission will hear the request on Aug. 6. The full city council will consider it on Aug. 27.

Johnson is a Midwest City native and helped on the Original Mile redevelopment plan several years ago. He is also developing housing on vacant lots in the neighborhood, including a few near the proposed apartment complex.

Johnson said he would like to begin construction in spring and have construction completed by late 2020.

6 Comments

  1. tommy on August 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    way does anybody wont apptments .there goes the neighbor hood.

    • Pamela on August 4, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      Apartments are generally associated with transient, short term residents. They also tend to have a higher rate of crime due to high density, non-owner occupied dwellings. I have heard the tent will begin at about $1000 per month. Does anyone really think there is a market for this type living in Atkinson Heights 1st?

  2. Sandra Boules on August 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    This would be a step forward in helping Midwest City and adjoining communities in keeping with the original plan of this city and area. We were at one time the model city for America. That has been lost over decades of not planning well.

  3. Vette lewis on August 5, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    If rent is that high no one will be able to afford it.

  4. EJ on August 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    As someone who lives right down the street from where this is going to be built, there is NO WAY that this could be safely and practically built. For instance, the field in question is fairly small and, unless they plan to knock down multiple houses, I highly doubt they will be able to fit 6 3-story buildings in there. In addition, there is no true set-in-stone plan for parking, meaning that the residents of the apartment complex would likely have to park on the street, as any parking lot would be quickly filled, and our streets are already quite narrow. There is an elementary school further down the street, meaning that the added traffic would not only pose an added nuisance on the road, as they would likely be packed with so many new residents, but it would also pose a safety risk to the young children who have to walk home every day (and crossing Key is bad enough already). There are many other reasons, but I’ve already written a lot.

  5. EJ on August 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Oh also the developer does own multiple lots in the city but has done NOTHING with them except let them overgrow.

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