Widgets Magazine
  • Blighted Uptown corner being renovated

    Martinez Tires on the northeast corner of NW 23rd and Robinson has been sold and adjacent properties are experiencing renovation as one of the last eyesores in the Uptown corridor is set for significant upgrades.

    The tiny but highly visible former filling station was sold to a California group that plans a medical marijuana dispensary and lifestyle cafe. The $190,000 sale of the 1,083 square foot building and .07 acre lot closed on December 18th and the former owner has already cleared the space.

    The future dispensary and CBD proprietor Todd James told OKCTalk that the cafe will be a destination and include cannabis-infused items such as shakes. His company plans 6 Oklahoma locations and operates a 150,000 square foot grow facility in Anadarko.

    Directly north is the venerable Blue Note and north of that two additional historic buildings are seeing facelifts.

    Renovation has begun at 2416-2422 to renovate the 2-story structure, re-branded as The Uptown Building, to 11 2nd level apartments and five commercial units at street level. The building is owned by OSU architecture professor Dr. Tom Spector, who is a long-time investor in the adjacent Jefferson Park and Paseo areas.

    Commercial leasing is being handled by Ian Duty of Adept Commercial Real Estate.

    Also seeing refurbishment is the 7,000 square foot building between the Blue Note and Uptown Building, originally a grocery store but more recently a cabinet shop. The owner is currently seeking new tenants.

    On the northwest corner of the same intersection, local developer Ben Sellers recently renovated 2 former apartment buildings into office space.

    The entire area is seeing a rebirth at the eastern end of the Uptown District as Coop Aleworks continues to develop plans for convert the former Armory on the east side of I-235 into a brewery, taproom, restaurant and hotel.
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