It’s been more than a year since Jim Brewer, the larger-than-life figure who dominated Bricktown for 25 years, died. During his final years Brewer built up an imposing kingdom of real estate to pass on to his sons Brent and Brett — one where much was left undeveloped so that the brothers could sell it and live off the proceeds for the rest of their lives.
But not everything turns out as one might expect. By all accounts, the era of big-time flips in real estate everywhere — not just in Bricktown — is over in this post-Jim Brewer world. And while the Brewers have kept their property up for sale, they are resigned to the reality that they can no longer let their landmark properties stay empty.
Business is business, and in the past year the brothers have made some significant strides toward making their properties not just marketable, but occupied.
Their first steps were modest. They removed gobs of gum that had been stuck for years on the brick walls of the family’s landmark haunted warehouse building along the Bricktown Canal. They pulled away plywood from the openings and restored the storefronts.
That step alone, Brent Brewer admits, made the property a lot more marketable.
"We should have done it a decade ago,” he adds.
With a bit of improvement to the building’s exterior, the Brewers have signed leases with Sammy’s Pizza and Peachwave Frozen Yogurt.
The final bit of plywood, Brent Brewer says, will be coming off within the next few weeks.