New construction will soon take place west of Elm St. along Main St. in Jenks, bringing with it office users and two restaurants.

Jenks leaders unveiled more details about the emerging Melody District at a press event Thursday, March 4. Representatives from Red Dog Construction and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce discussed details including construction of a new mixed-use building and upgrading of existing buildings. The new development will be known as Melody Courts.

Melody Courts is located at the former location of a retired gas station, the land for which was cleared last month.

“This area has been primed for development for a long time,” said Josh McFarland, developer and owner of Red Dog Construction. “We saw the excitement with the launch of the Melody Lane Retail Center and knew there was so much more we could do here. With the booming success of Melody Lane Retail Center, we knew the only thing lacking in the district was more eating establishments. This announcement addresses that.”

The Melody Lane Retail Center is shopping center, located west of Elm St. When McFarland’s group purchased the property, they immediately began investing in updates and upgrades as well as recruiting new tenants.

Additionally, the football fields located behind both the retail center and new development will be upgraded and branded as Melody Park.

“As Jenks continues to grow, it’s important that we identify underutilized pieces of commercial land such as those in the Melody District and turn them into points of destination for our residents and visitors,” said Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce. “What Josh McFarland and his team have been able to do here is impressive and greatly beneficial to economic development in Jenks.”

Among the tenants announced at the event are the headquarters of Barracuda Staffing; Which Wich Superior Sandwiches; Paciugo, a gelato and specialty coffee shop; and a new startup taco and margarita restaurant.

At the event, McFarland also announced that additional properties in the district have been purchased and are being upgraded including Melody Plaza, located at 715 W. Main.

Melody Lane Retail Center was unveiled and remodeled last year and features the Sports Armory, The Cape Brewing Company, The Backyard, Jenks Martial Arts Academy, and Select Fitness.