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Bricktown Holiday Inn Express back on track in Oklahoma City

Plans for a Holiday Inn Express in Bricktown are back on track with a new developer and more ambitious designs in Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012
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photo - The proposed entrance and north view of a Bricktown Holiday Inn Express are shown in this rendering. Architectural Design Group  P
The proposed entrance and north view of a Bricktown Holiday Inn Express are shown in this rendering. Architectural Design Group P

“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.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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