Oklahoma commission approves plans for hotel

By Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 18, 2008
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t, he added, the hotel will feature Embassy Suites' Spoons casual dining concept.

"We felt that being a mile from Bricktown, we're not going to be a destination restaurant,” Slater said. "You're not going to be thinking, ‘Let's go to the Embassy Suites for dinner tonight.' But it's very important for us to have food service in the hotel for our guests ... there are going to be a lot of families staying and going through with the cancer center that will be nearby.”

Urban Renewal commissioners approved conceptual plans — but not without first requesting that the developers consider eliminating most or all of the stucco.

"I don't believe that there is any other place on the health science campus where we have anything but masonry,” Commissioner Jim Tolbert said. "I really hate to introduce this material onto the health science campus. A masonry building really says a lot about what we're trying to accomplish with this campus.”

Tolbert said that although synthetic stucco has improved, in a decade "it won't look very good.”

Developers rethink plan
Slater and Clagg estimated replacing stucco with masonry would increase their costs by 40 percent. But the developers agreed to re-evaluate their use of stucco after being told of two lower-cost hotels being built with predominately brick facades in Bricktown.

Lague said he saw synthetic stucco used in nearby Lower Bricktown, another Urban Renewal project.

"We have made compromises in Bricktown,” Tolbert responded. "I'm not sure I'm glad we did that. But nonetheless, we did it for good reason, but I sure don't want to see us get started with that here.”