A boarded-up nursing home and duplexes that until recently were home to sex offenders are about to become history as new owner Bert Belanger prepares the stretch along Automobile Alley for redevelopment. Belanger, previously a partner in the Maywood Park development and owner of the Momentum Market, confirmed he formed Sebe Holdings and bought several properties along Broadway Drive between NW 11 and NW 13.
Which properties?Purchases include: •Former sex offender halfway houses, 1100 block of Broadway Drive, $520,000. •The former Park Manor Nursing Home, 1210 Broadway Drive, $1,234,000 •Viney's Garage, 16 NW 11, $100,000. Belanger acknowledged the former sex offender duplexes have been extensively vandalized in recent weeks, and curtains now blow out from broken windows while debris is strewn across the front porches. "I'm going to knock them all down,” Belanger said. "I've applied for permits and it's all slated for demolition within the next 60 days.”
Site was neglectedBelanger referred to the former garage as a junkyard and promised it, too, will be cleared in the near future. The purchases will give Belanger control of one of the last stretches of blighted properties visible from Automobile Alley. A small park separates the lots from Broadway. "It's a great site, and that park has been unused and somewhat neglected for the last 15 to 20 years,” Belanger said. "Nobody ever thinks about it, but it's a great 2-acre park that could be something special. We've had lots of ideas, and we're working with all the usual stakeholders.” Brett Hamm, president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., said the area between Broadway and Interstate 235 is ripe for such redevelopment. "I don't think there is any doubt there are greater opportunities there than halfway houses for sex offenders,” Hamm said.
Former sex-offender halfway houses operated until earlier this year by Hand Up Ministries are now owned by Bert Belanger. The properties have fallen into disrepair, and Belanger is planning to demolish them and a neighboring former nursing home this summer. provided by hand up ministries