Retail center and offices planned in Oklahoma City

Shopping center will be core of project


"We are talking to potential tenants for a project that we intend to be retail in nature, with mixed uses, having stores and restaurants," Hood said. "We don't have any firm tenants yet, but we are interested in exploring the possibilities for finding some. There are ongoing discussions."

Company officials also say they plan additional construction on high ground east of the company's main campus.

Residential and office properties are possibilities for that land.

Officials refused to confirm rumors they are considering building a hotel as part of the company's expansion.

Why voting was delayed

Planning commissioners' frustration with Chesapeake bubbled up at an April 24 meeting, when they delayed a request by the company to close a street east of its campus to make room for a child care center for its employees.

Then, they unanimously agreed Chesapeake must be more forthcoming about its master plan.

"Some comprehensive plan needs to be put in place by the developer that permits those who choose to remain to live there to not have streets torn up, their homes and gardens covered with dust, and have noise keep them awake at night," Planning Commissioner Janis Powers said.

"It's time for us to see the bigger picture here. It's time for Chesapeake to work out a way to peacefully co-exist with the people who will continue to be a part of their world."

But Hood's response is that the company is being as forthcoming as it can.

"We have long-term plans, conceptually speaking," Hood said. "We want to modernize Nichols Hills Plaza.

"It hasn't changed in 40 years, and we see it as a potential Class A venue where we can create a wonderful shopping environment for our employees, for Nichols Hills residents and for others in the surrounding community.

"We want to develop the Classen Curve area into retail for the same reasons. We also want to develop land east of our campus, east of Classen, into a residential, retail and office development," he said.

"But a lot of it is up in the air. It depends upon property acquisitions, and what the cities will allow. We want the environs around our campus to be a place where Chesapeake employees and other city residents can enjoy being at. Beyond that, we just can't get too specific."