Old warehouses finally getting developed along Bricktown Canal
An influx of retail is finally filling up old warehouses that have failed to develop along the Bricktown Canal since it opened in 1999.
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The bar is set up like none other, featuring “gliding” booths that rock back and forth. These booths are not found anywhere else downtown, maybe anywhere in the city, and were discovered by the Bekoffs in their hometown of Fort Lauderdale. Oklahoma City's blossoming live music scene is showcased by Captain Norm's on weekends — a nice compliment to UCO's Academy of Contemporary Music next door.
The Brewers, meanwhile, have filled the street-level of their building with a Peachwave Frozen Yogurt shop and a Sammy's Pizza they promise will open soon.
Challenges remain along the canal. The empty buildings at 109 and 19 E California stand out even more as the surrounding area finally develops.
Controversy still rages over plans by Chris Johnson, owner of USA Screenprinting, to construct two buildings and surface parking along what is considered the most visible section of the canal (the empty land parallel to Mickey Mantle Drive). Plenty of empty space remains in floors above street level, as noted by planners in a study released last week.
But the dreams of early day promoters like Jim Brewer are finally coming true.
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