LAWTON, Okla. - A list of stores is in the works to come to Lawton's 2nd Street. You've heard it before: Target is on that list again. The city announced a plan to redevelop the 54-acre tract of land surrounding 2nd Street between Gore and Ferris. And the city signed an agreement with the developing company to make sure that development happens. It could mean some retail giants coming to Lawton that people have been begging for for years.
Over five years in the works, the retail development dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.
"We're getting much much closer to having the development happen. Because the developer Ruhl and Ruhl now has to start spending money putting the plans together doing the engineering, all of those sorts of things that are required prior to construction," said City Manager Larry Mitchell.
Target, T.J. Maxx, Kohl's, and more are just some of the big box retailers the development company is already in negotiations with. But these are stores the city thought Lawton needed almost five years ago too. The city said the Wolf Creek shopping center would be state of the art. And it never happened. And that makes some wonder if this one will ever happen either.
"The one out west didn't happen because the development company was asking for $12 million from the city of Lawton. In this process that number is different. It's different in the sense that they're going to be locating in our downtown tiff district. The rules and the way we can approach those types of development are different than the project out west."
If and when the project is done, he said it could do a lot for the community.
"It's going to jumpstart the general economy in our community. It's going to get other development companies interested in doing other projects not only in our downtown but in other areas of the community."