“I'd like to say we've raised the bar — it no longer looks like a typical Holiday Inn Express,” Witcher said. “It fits.”
The Bricktown Urban Design Committee previously approved plans to demolish the former home of Steffen's Ice Cream plant at 101 E Main. It has stood empty more than 20 years. The building was built in several phases starting in 1916, and in previous presentations the committee was informed it would be very difficult to renovate for adaptive use.
The building is not on the National Register of Historic Places, and is owned by veteran Bricktown developer Don Karchmer.
Witcher reported Wednesday the project is expected to take about 14 months to complete once demolition is started.
Bricktown is experiencing a spurt in new hotel development that includes an 11-story Hilton Garden Inn at Sheridan and Central Avenues, a six- to eight-story Marriott Springhill Suites at Russell Perry and NE 1 in Deep Deuce, and two more hotels, each six to eight stories high, on the south side of Sheridan Avenue at Byers Avenue.