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  • Century-old Bricktown warehouses to be demolished

    Yesterday, the Bricktown Urban Design Committee voted to approve the demolition of two abandoned century-old warehouses.

    The structures owned by Don Karchmer are located at 1 E Main and have not been occupied for several decades.

    When the application was filed last month, Karchmer told OKCTalk that the buildings were unsound and very difficult to secure. He also mentioned that the property was in the path of a future rail line and would need to eventually come down.

    Karchmer operates the surface parking directly to the north on behalf of the city of Oklahoma City and has an agreement with the city and BancFirst to develop that lot into 800 to 900 space parking structure which would likely be connected via a skywalk or lower level tunnel to the Santa Fe Garage on the other side of the BNSF railroad tracks.

    The parking development agreement was forged in conjunction with the BancFirst purchasing the 36-story former Cotter Ranch Tower last summer. At the same time, the bank and Continental Resources negotiated the purchase of the Santa Fe Garage from the city.

    Karchmer indicated he had no plans to develop the soon to be vacant warehouse property and that there is no set timetable for the parking structure.

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