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Is Bricktown set to see a 10-story building built next to the ballpark?

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The latest agenda for the Bricktown Urban Design Committee confirms a rumor I heard a few weeks ago - that a 10-story building is being contemplated for the southeast corner of Mickey Mantle Drive and Sheridan Avenue. The corner has been home to a nondescript one-story building and paid parking for the history of Bricktown as an entertainment district, and the owner, Andrew Cummins, could often be seen sitting outside on nice afternoons. Cummins died in April, and according to his obituary, he spent 50 years working in Bricktown.

His family and architect have not returned my calls, but a presentation on the potential project is set for next week. Now, some caveats as we look at these plans. We have seen renderings for similar size projects come and go over the years, most notably the Factory that was once announced for the block that is home to Abeuelo's and the Bricktown Brewery, and the Cotton Exchange development once pitched by Gary Cotton, whose surviving legacy in the district is a building with broken windows and an ugly painted wall facing the Bricktown Canal.

So this may or may not be a real deal. We don't know yet. But these renderings, if they were to come to life, would make a sharp improvement to Sheridan Avenue.

Plans call for the first floor to be a restaurant, floors 2-7 to be office space, and the top two floors to be a second restaurant and roof top lounge.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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