Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
The Bricktown Association’s board of directors recently approved and entered into a new agreement with Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. (DOKC) to provide additional management services to the district. The agreement includes accounting, fundraising, event planning, marketing and communications, district management, and additional street-level services not already included in the Business Improvement District contract that DOKC manages on behalf of the City of Oklahoma City.
The agreement also will do away with the current association membership fees, making all Bricktown property owners and tenants members of the association by virtue of their ownership or tenancies.
The association’s former Executive Director and Marketing Administrator positions were eliminated under the new agreement, and they will be replaced with a Bricktown District Manager who will be an employee of DOKC, but who will still office in Bricktown. The new Bricktown District Manager is Mallory O’Neill, who previously worked as an event manager at SMG, overseeing events at the Cox Convention Center and Chesapeake Energy Arena. Her first day at the Bricktown Association was Monday.
Another key point the board agreed with under DOKC’s management proposal was the importance of saving the Bricktown Association money by capitalizing on DOKC’s current staff and providing long-term financial security for the association.
“This new partnership will save the association a significant amount of money per year, allowing us to provide better services to the district,” said A.J. Kirkpatrick, Downtown OKC’s Director of Operations and Planning. “We’ll be able to improve the physical environment, produce more events, and implement some special projects that have been on hold for several years due to lack of funding. We will also be able to pay off existing debt and put money into savings.”
DOKC President and CEO, Jane Jenkins, said the board of directors for the Bricktown Association is adding new members, and all of them are excited for the change.
Jenkins and Kirkpatrick resigned their positions on the Bricktown board after the agreement was approved, but Jenkins will still serve in an ex-officio role and act as the liaison between the district manager and the board.
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. recently produced the first Rock the Boat festival along the Bricktown Canal, put up a small temporary park on Sheridan Avenue in Bricktown and installed the third Bricktown gateway marker on the Main Street underpass. The organization also recently hired a full-time Operations Coordinator Joe Hudson, to examine and address downtown improvement and maintenance issues.