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  • Historic Santa Fe Station nears completion of conversion to multi-modal transportation hub

    Work is wrapping up on Santa Fe station on the east side of downtown.

    Although Amtrak service has continued throughout the extensive renovation, most the building and surrounding area has been off limits to the public during construction.

    Representatives from TAP Architecture and the City of Oklahoma City told KFOR's Lacey Lett most of the work will be complete by October at which time a grand re-opening will be scheduled.

    However, at that time two major pieces will still remain: the new tunnel to Bricktown and Project 180 street work and landscape on adjacent EK Gaylord Boulevard.

    Watch our news partner KFOR-TV tonight 7/31 at 6PM for an on-air story on the Santa Fe Station project.

    The City has been working with the railroad to gain the required access to beginning the tunneling process which will result in a new entry plaza on the east end of the Bricktown Canal.

    For the first time, pedestrians will be able to use the tunnel to move freely between Bricktown and the station as well as the central business district to the west.

    The $28.4 million project had the goals of historic renovation, expansion, providing better connectivity between Bricktown and downtown and to serve as a multi-modal hub for trains, buses, bikes and the new MAPS3 streetcar project.

    80% of the building is original with recreations of light fixtures and art work on the ceiling.

    Patio seating will face Gaylord and a Spokies bike-share station will be featured as well.

    Throughout the work, Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy has remained opened at the south end of the complex and new retail and office tenants will be sought as well.

    The Project 180 work is almost complete on the east side of the boulevard and focus should shift to the remainder soon.

    The station was built in 1934 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

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