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Architects drive home plans for MidTown garage project

Work will begin later this year on a 282-car garage that developers hope will allow successful redevelopment of the nearby Marion Hotel and two of Automobile Alley's original dealership warehouses.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 22, 2013
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The 1101 N Broadway building, which is expected to be renovated at the same time the garage is built, will be linked with the garage by skywalk.

An alley between the two structures is set to be converted to a landscaped courtyard featuring spirals from the Baum Building, a Venetian-style building that was torn down in the 1970s to make way for the Century Center Mall at Sheridan and Robinson Avenues.

The spiral was on display at the Santa Fe Garage out of public view and was damaged by vandals, but will be restored, said Chris Fleming, a partner in MidTown Renaissance.

“What we're coming down to is more of an aesthetic issue more than one of materials,” said design committee member Chuck Ainsworth. “I like it. I think it's very cool. It's very modern. You don't want to mirror what is next door.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 Metropolitan...
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