Demolition of the former Steffen's Dairy in Bricktown is set to begin Feb. 1, with construction to begin immediately afterward on a 124-room, five-story Holiday Inn Express.
The 16,700-square-foot hotel, at 101 E Main, is set to include food service, meeting rooms, a fitness center and pool.
K.J. Jones, head of construction for Irving, Texas-based developer Newcrest, said the hotel will be built, owned and operated by the company's president, Daxesh Patel, through his venture Supreme Bright Bricktown LLC.
“It may be a bit aggressive, but we want to have it open by Christmas,” Jones said.
Jones would not reveal the development cost of the hotel, but an application filed at the city's building permit office estimates the project cost at $18 million.
Plans for the hotel, drawn up by Architectural Design Group, were applauded at Tuesday's meeting of the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, but not without conflicting guidance given on plans for the entryway. Panel members unanimously agreed to allow the project to proceed, but with possible changes to the hotel's entrance to be considered at a later date.
Committee member Bob Bright, also a planning commissioner, repeatedly criticized the height of an entrance archway, while another member, architect Mark Krittenbrink, argued for the height but didn't like its angled protrusion.