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What's next for the Oklahoma City streetcar?

Corner Bakery could be seeking site for downtown location.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 28, 2013

Q: What would it take to clear out the metal scrap yards on Reno between Lincoln and MLK?

A: The west side of Robinson Avenue is part of the MAPS 3 Core to Shore park and will be acquired and cleared by the city. The east side of Robinson in that area has some pretty cool old buildings, and I'll bet they get redeveloped once the park is completed.

Q: Any plans for the site in Bricktown immediately south of the House of Bedlam? Also do you know if the owners of 119 E Reno are planning anything with their building?

A: No. That slope is owned by the Scaramuccis. As for 119 E Reno, it's owned by French Hickman. Developers have pitched plans to buy it for various projects, but so far a sale is not in the works.

Q: Do you see Corner Bakery locating in Midtown or Downtown? Also why is it taking a long time for Trader Joe's to scout for locations?

A: Yes. I've been told Corner Bakery is on the hunt. Trader Joes remains a very interesting future prospect, but one on which we don't know much.

Q: I noticed this past weekend that the parking structure for the Aloft hotel (in Deep Deuce) was going up. What does that mean in terms of timeline for completion? Spring of 2014?

A: I know that Jim Thompson, the developer, was last hoping for a November opening. But I really can't see how it opens any earlier than next spring.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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