Residents hoping to change the landscape of Classen Blvd.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A passionate group of residents is working to change business and safety along a busy roadway in Oklahoma City.

Jonathan Dodson, a local developer, formed a committee to study Classen Blvd. between Reno and N.W. 23rd.

"Cars can exit off of Classen onto Western going 45 miles an hour and never slow down so, if you're trying to cross, you can't tell if a car's coming or not," he said.

The situation affected Dodson so much he went to city leaders.

While his plan will increase traffic, which might make it difficult for pedestrians, his group is working to incorporate additional safety measures to counter that congestion along the corridor.

"When he talked to me about the issue, I said we don't really have the time and resources, the city didn't have the time and the resources. You have a passionate group of people. Let's harness the energy," said Councilwoman Meg Salyer.

He wants a safer street but also some new life and business in this area.

In an 80-page document, his group created a request for more sidewalks, bike lanes and artwork to go along the street including between 7th and 9th.

This week, the recommendations were finalized and sent back to Salyer.

Dodson and his partners are already taking matters into their hands without the public finances, completely renovating the old Sunshine Cleaners and turning it into a brewery and restaurant.

Salyer is hoping to look at funding the project as they discuss the 2017 bond issue.

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