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Plans Advancing for Renovations of Bricktown Eyesores

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As development continues to ramp up in Bricktown, we're are seeing three longtime eyesores being transformed.  We have new renderings and photos today to catch up these transformations.

119 E Reno

Interior framing is wrapping up, windows have replaced boarded up storefronts and a white paint job is set for the south facade of the 106-year-old warehouse at 119 E Reno. The building, last used as storage several years ago by the Oklahoma City Parks Department, is being set up for interim use for retail, possible restaurant and interior parking. The warehouse is best known for the vintage Oklahoma City postcard murals painted on the east exterior wall facing the Bricktown Canal.

THE BRIDGE

We also have a first look at the proposed renovation of long abandoned warehouse at 229 E Sheridan Ave. The building was the last home of Joker's Comedy Club and has been vacant since it closed in 2001.  

Bridge Church , which started in Mustang 50 years ago and has had an Oklahoma City congregation worshipping at the Will Rogers Theater, bought the warehouse in April for $1.45 million.

The two-story warehouse at 229 E Sheridan Ave. spans 14,000 square feet and was built in 1951, long after the historic era of the warehouse district had ended. Joker's, which pioneered the local comedy club scene, spent the last few of its 18 years at 229 E Sheridan before it closed in 2000.

Plans submitted to the city planning department indicate an extensive overhaul is in the works. Plans include painting the exterior, adding an entrance facing Sheridan Avenue, replacing the existing ADA ramp and entrance on the southeast corner, adding a patio to the new southeast entrance, replacing the roof and adding canopies above the entries.

Interior work will include clearing the main level (second floor), all new electric wiring, heating and air conditioning, adding four new ADA restrooms, replacing the elevator and stairways and updating fire suppression systems.

Plans show the space will be active with a new kitchen and bar with seating in the main lobby for a coffee shop that will be open six days a week, an event auditorium and an all glass conference room. The sub-level first floor will have additional meeting space, offices and storage.

THE FALLS

We also are seeing revised renderings for the Falls Event Center, which was announced earlier this year for a 70-year-old warehouse at 108 E California that has been empty since 2002. The building, last home to the Margarita Mama's nightclub, was bought by The Falls Event Center LLC. which  was started in Utah five years ago and has since grown to eight locations with Bricktown being one of several new locations being planned.

(Newest rendering)

Plans still call  a waterfall that will flow at the building’s canal level. The original plans called for the east east facing wall that adjoins the Brickopolis miniature golf course to be redone with a new brick façade and window openings. But as shown in the brick façade on the east wall and windows are gone.

(old rendering)

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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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