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  • COOP Aleworks submits plans for Armory conversion

    After being selected by the State to redevelop the historic Armory building last summer, COOP Aleworks is moving forward with its plan for a massive renovation into a brewery, taproom, restaurant, event space and hotel rooms.

    Building permit applications have been filed that reveal new details, including converting the neighboring Oklahoma Veterans Memorial Building into hotel villas.

    Sean Mossman, Director of Sales and Marketing for COOP, told OKCTalk that the building had been originally planned as living units but upon consultation with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, it was recommended they add more hotel rooms to better attract visiting groups.

    Mossman said COOP also saw the opportunity to tie together the two buildings with a large pool and outdoor event area that would be for the use of hotel guests. Cabana rental will also be available to the general public.

    The 12 villas would supplement the rooms in the armory itself and bring the total room count to 28.

    Otherwise, there have only been minor changes to the original plans unveiled in July of 2018, showing the bottom floor of the Armory to be used as a large, open brewery and the second and third levels dedicated to hotel rooms, with a large restaurant, taproom and outdoor deck on the east side of the second floor.

    In addition to cabanas, the pool will feature a large outdoor bar and full food service.

    Mossman said the purchase from the state is not quite complete but should happen soon.

    Once work starts, construction is anticipated to span 16 to 18 months, with a targeted opening of spring 2021.

    The t-shaped Veterans Memorial Building was recently vacated by the Department of Veteran Affairs which moved to a new complex. The Armory has been vacant for some time.

    COOP's current brewery and taproom is located at 4745 Council Heights, west of Will Rogers Airport. They currently offer 19 rotating beers on tap.

    Design of the new project is by Spur Design and general contractor will be Smith & Pickel.

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