Main Street in Bricktown, once the sleepy peripheral edge of the otherwise bustling entertainment district, is taking on new life as new companies and a hotel add life to the area.
Jagdish Patel, vice president of operations for Frisco, Texas-based NewcrestImage, said his company remains bullish on downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown as it nears completion of a new Bricktown Holiday Inn Express, and more projects are being considered.
The designs for the five-story, 124-room hotel at Oklahoma Avenue and Main Street by ADG Inc., a Bricktown architecture firm, have won accolades from area property and business owners. Unlike other hotels that included a layer of stucco or synthetic stucco at the top, the Holiday Inn Express has an all-brick facade with a modern entrance.
“I’ve seen a lot of the (newly built) hotels that don’t go full bricks, and we really wanted to encompass the Bricktown look and have as much brick on it as possible,” Patel said. “It also will have a very contemporary look and feel in the lobby. It will include a breakfast buffet area, a business center, free high-speed internet for our guests, and all of our rooms will have desks and work spaces. It’s for the business travelers, and for leisure travelers on the weekends.”
The hotel already has a manager hired, and interviews for the remaining 35 positions will be held over the next several weeks. Patel is hoping to open the hotel on Nov. 1.
Renovations, meanwhile, are continuing across the street at the Mideke Building, which is being converted into the corporate headquarters for Tapstone Energy, which is set to employ 150 people.
Zach Martin, co-developer of the Mideke Building, believes that with the addition of the hotel and Tapstone Energy, Main Street will become a magnet for more restaurants and retail.
“Main Street is getting a new identity in a hurry,” Martin said. “We were already seeing more activity with the additions of Standley Systems (in the renovated Sherman Iron Works building at 26 E Main) and Public Strategies (also in a renovated decades old warehouse at 3 E Main). The little bar, Skinny Slims, (201 E Main) is also attracting a big crowd. Stack all this up together, plus other possible deals, and it’s a lot of change taking place.”
Hotel increase brings staying power to downtown
The Bricktown Holiday Inn will be the fifth hotel to open in the entertainment district, with at least three more to follow (a Staybridge Suites, a Springhill Suites and a Hyatt Place). Twenty years ago, downtown as a whole had just one hotel, now the Sheraton, which at the time had lost its flag.
I’ve seen a lot of the (newly built) hotels that don’t go full bricks, and we really wanted to encompass the Bricktown look and have as much brick on it as possible.”
Vice president of operations for NewcrestImage