Widgets Magazine
  • Dilapidated property next to Scissortail Park to see renovation

    As the first phase of Scissortail Park is set to open next week, long-abandoned buildings along the park's lower section are set for a complete renovation.

    1100 S. Robinson before storm toppled upper floor

    Located on the southeast corner of SW 10th & Robinson in an area long known as Hubcap Alley, the buildings are highly visible just south of I-40.

    The second level of the largest structure has been a hollowed-out shell for years and a recent strong storm brought down the brick walls. Work has already commenced to salvage the brick and use it in the reconstruction of the second level as part of a larger renovation plan.

    It is one of two buildings, the other being a brick structure that had been a tire shop, that remain on the property. Each was built in 1926.

    The 2-story building fronting Robinson and facing the future park was originally a garage with four apartments on the second level.

    Original building

    The renovation plans call for converting the Robinson building to retail on the lower level and a single home above. A new garage will be built along SW 10th and the existing 1-story building will house an artist's studio.

    Most the property on the east side of Robinson between I-40 and the river is for sale as owners look to cash in on increased values due to the coming park.

    The upper section of Scissortail Park officially opens September 26th. The lower section goes to construction bidding in early 2020 with an expected completion of summer of 2022. Along with Skydance Bridge spanning I-40, the two parks will effectively connect downtown with the Oklahoma River.

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