For decades buildings in Oklahoma City's Bricktown district sat empty and decaying. As part of the City's original Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), things began to change with the construction by the City of a ballpark and addition of a canal to Bricktown at the end of the 1990s. Although private investing spurred by these City investments transformed much of Bricktown, deteriorating buildings along the district's gateway remained ten years later. Immediately prior to the financial market crisis of 2008, developers announced plans to convert two of these neglected historic buildings into office and retail space.
Delayed for three years by the financial crisis, NMR funded more than $2.6 million of QLICI loans to help fund the 44,815 square foot historic rehabilitation project which included office space for Harding & Shelton.