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Bricktown developer plans auction of canal property in Oklahoma City

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Published: November 25, 2008
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photo - Gary Cotton proposed a $36 million two-tower development in January along the Bricktown Canal. The undeveloped properties, as depicted in this rendering, are set to be auctioned off next month. Rendering Provided
Gary Cotton proposed a $36 million two-tower development in January along the Bricktown Canal. The undeveloped properties, as depicted in this rendering, are set to be auctioned off next month. Rendering Provided

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Burnett said his firm also had "strong retail” tenants interested in the proposed towers’ lower levels.

"The whole canal curves there at Mickey Mantle Drive — we have prime frontage all along,” Burnett said. "Somebody can have a full acre there if they want it.”

Burnett and Cotton said they think the Oklahoma economy remains in good shape despite the national crash. They also said the arrival of the NBA at nearby Ford Center adds to the properties’ value.

Jim Cowan, director of the Bricktown Association, is hoping any potential buyers will not be "flippers” — people who buy properties and leave them untouched hoping to reap a profit by selling a few years later.

Several high-profile properties in Bricktown have been on the market for months, but without any takers.

"I really hope whoever is interested will be interested in developing all this,” Cowan said.

"I really hope the days of easy flips are over.”