Widgets Magazine
  • Local developer plans to renovate former crystal buildings in Film Row

    Eric Fleske of Norman has placed the old International Crystal properties in Film Row under contract for purchase and has submitted plans to renovate the historic structures.

    Before closing its operations earlier this year, International Crystal occupied the pair of ornate Art Deco structures each built in 1930: a 13,750 square foot building at 623 through 639 Sheridan and a 5,600 square foot office building at 10 N. Lee.

    The design plans drawn by Phase One Design show bringing storefronts along the Sheridan frontage similar to what has been done in several formerly light industrial buildings along the south side of the street.

    The future owners intend to maintain the historic looks of the buildings while updating the windows and storefront glazing in the hopes of attracting new businesses and clientele.

    The office building on Lee would remain as professional offices being serviced by an adjacent parking lot, also to be purchased and renovated with new paving and decorative fencing.

    Under the plan, the alley between the two buildings would be closed and the delapidated windows would be salvaged with new units replacing them.

    The project would be yet another addition to the area which is now home to the 21c Museum Hotel and Jones Assembly to the west, surrounded by the West Village apartment and commercial project well under construction.

    Fleske is part owner of Equity Realty in Norman, which owns, develops and leases dozens of commercial properties.
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