Several buildings of what was once the home of W.H. Stewart Co. factory in east Bricktown are set to be demolished as the site is prepared for development of a hotel and apartments.
Bob Meinders, who bought the plant in 2005, estimates the total demolition will span 107,000 square feet of the complex that once covered both sides of Sheridan Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Stiles Avenue.
The demolition will clear the site on the north side of Sheridan Avenue, leaving only a couple buildings still standing.
The demolition comes as Meinders is preparing to sell the north half of the complex to developers Gary Brooks and Andy Burnett, who are planning to build a hotel and apartments on the site.
“There are a lot of underground utilities, large storm sewers, abandoned storm sewers, and there's not much we can do on the surface before we remove the buildings,” Meinders said.
Once the site is cleared, Meinders said contractors will need to remove the concrete foundations and two feet of topsoil for ground remediation.
The former W.H. Stewart Co., also known as Stewart Metal Fabricators, once spanned 200,000 square feet and employed 400 people on the site in the late 1990s as a main local contractor for Lucent Technologies.
We've made progress, and we're trying to slowly move forward. It's more complicated than we thought.”