The Business Archives Building, once upon a time home to the Bond Bakery, looms over Interstate 235 and Automobile Alley as a reminder that downtown is far from finished in its resurgence from the gloomy days of the 1980s. The building’s bricked-in windows show only a glimpse of the possibilities ahead for the area bounded by Broadway, NW 13, NW 8 and the highway. Steve Mason has already proven the area is ripe for redevelopment, thanks to his work along NW 9 just east of Broadway. He took an abandoned machine shop and three very dilapidated homes and turned the block into a popular mix of restaurants and shops. Just a couple of blocks to the north, developer Bert Belanger led in removing blighted housing used by sex offenders and a boarded-up nursing home for future housing development. And just to the north lies the old Bond Bakery at 5 NE 12. The big news awaiting to be made — that now may never happen — is that Kansas City, Mo., developer Gary Hassenflu is in talks to buy the property and likely turn it into housing. Hassenflu is the kind of guy one wants to be shopping for downtown redevelopment projects, especially those involving old buildings needing extensive renovation and adaptive reuse. His portfolio includes the $37 million conversion of Kansas City’s Cold Storage warehouse into 224 apartments. Within Oklahoma he has a project list totaling $50 million and work completed to date includes the Surety Apartments in downtown Muskogee. Hassenflu’s plans in Oklahoma City go beyond the Bond Bakery and could create a northern counterpart to Mason’s development on NW 9. On a normal day I wouldn’t write about such a development yet, since the deal isn’t done. But those passionate about downtown might be interested in knowing that Hassenflu is planning a halt to all of his Oklahoma projects if Gov. Brad Henry signs a two-year moratorium on state historic tax credits. That list includes the Bond Bakery, and its prospective redevelopment joins properties in the MidTown Renaissance project and conversion of the old Fred Jones factory west of downtown that now have a much murkier future ahead.