Bricktown is in the heart of the entertainment district and is experiencing new and continuing development. Earlier this month, Bricktown unveiled its new logo which will be displayed on light poles, maps, brochures and on the district's website. This fresh logo supersedes the old logo used for the past 12 years.
The Bricktown Canal, area sidewalks and streets will also get a facelift. Through tax increment financing, the City was able to provide $1.4 million for repairs. Bricktown serves as a corridor to other parts of Oklahoma City and the repairs and renovation will provide a fresh look for visitors.
The expected influx of tourists will cater to the hotel industry. Not one, but two 150-room hotels are slated for the Steelyards area, with an investment valued at $45 million. Texas-based NewcrestImage recently completed the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and will develop the two new hotels, an AC Hotel and Hyatt Place, at the northeast corner of Joe Carter Avenue and Sheridan Avenue.
Not only will hotel offerings increase, Bricktown will host its first apartment complex. Still in the early stages of construction, the Steelyard Apartments will provide housing in the thick of all the development and will aid downtown residential growth.
Moving into the former Bricktown Burgers building at 300 E. Main, Domino's Pizza will unveil a "pizza theater" that will include a dining area and open kitchen. Just as Bricktown is going through logo redesign, Domino's is looking to unveil a new dining concept and Bricktown will play in their debut.
Oklahoma City has also lacked a mid-sized concert venue for some time, but that void will be filled by The Criterion. The 39,000-square-foot, two-story brick building at the southwest corner of Charlie Christian and Sheridan Avenues will host live music concerts. Scheduled to open New Year's Eve, The Criterion will hold up to 4,000 people and host a myriad of events.
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