An Oklahoma City petroleum landman is set to pitch plans Wednesday for a 220-foot-high “Star Flyer” that would provide Bricktown visitors a thrill ride and an unsurpassed view of the entertainment district.
Paperwork filed with the Oklahoma City Planning Department by Brandon Arthur, a landman with Drovers Trail Land Co., indicates the tower would include a dozen two-passenger cars and potentially an observation deck. Sales materials for the ride provided by its manufacturer, Wien, Austria-based Fun Time, list the ride as costing $1.42 million.
Before the ride becomes a reality, Arthur must obtain a variance from the city to exceed Bricktown’s 110-foot height limit and also secure a lease with the property’s owners. Arthur is scheduled to make a presentation on the project at the Wednesday meeting of the Bricktown Urban Design Committee.
The ride would be built at the northwest corner of Mickey Mantle Drive and Reno Avenue, which is owned by Phil and Avis Scaramucci and is adjacent to the Bricktown Canal. The site is just north of Lower Bricktown, west of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and south of Brickopolis, a restaurant, gift shop and amusement center being built by Chris Johnson, owner of USA Screenprinting.
Avis Scaramucci confirmed Arthur has discussed the project with the property’s ownership group.
“He has been told if he should be able to get all the blessings of the city and go through all the hoops to even be able to say he can do all this, we will definitely entertain the idea of a lease with him,” Scaramucci said. “But we also want to feel comfortable with the design of the ride — that it will fit in with the entertainment district.”
Arthur, a landman with Drovers Trail Land Co., told The Oklahoman he began work on the project about a year ago after he visited Bricktown with his three children.
“I saw a grassy area along the canal (a corner property owned by Chris Johnson just west of his Brickopolis development) and thought, what could go there?” Arthur said. “I wanted to cater to family entertainment, to make Bricktown more family friendly.”
During a visit to a Florida amusement park he saw a “Slingshot” ride created by Fun Time, and that then led him to discover the Star Flyer. Talks with Johnson ended when he decided to go a different direction with his property, and Arthur then visited with a representative of the Scaramuccis.
Arthur wants to open the ride by spring 2015. He estimates the investment will total $2.5 million. Arthur said the ride has the support of the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Johnson.