Farmer credited the successful development of a nine-story Hampton Inn across the street from the Wormy Dog with sparking interest further east. Over the past year, Meinders completed sale agreements with two other development groups for the remainder of the long vacant Stewart steel property.
One group, led by Gary Brooks and Andy Burnett, is working on a $75 million apartment, hotel and retail development on the north side of Sheridan Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Joe Carter Avenue.
Dr. Atul Patel, meanwhile, is planning to build two hotels, each between six and eight stories high, on former Meinders property at Sheridan and Byers Avenues.
Three floors of what will be an 11-story Hilton Garden Inn are already up just east of the Hampton Inn.
“If what has been proposed happens next door, the future here is very bright,” Farmer said. “You're talking six hotels within a block of this property, and then all the housing that will be coming in. You've got an influx of people coming in, and Oklahoma City is coming back into its own with downtown.”