Construction is set to start this fall on two hotels and an upscale restaurant that will be a part of the Steelyard development in east Bricktown.
The stretch of Sheridan Avenue between Joe Carter Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard was once home to Stewart Metal Fabricators, but the last remnants of the blighted steel and brick buildings were cleared last year and construction is starting up this spring on the Steelyard apartments and retail, the Criterion Music Hall, and a Springhill Suites.
Designs for a Hyatt Place and one of the country’s first AC hotels, both to be developed by Dallas-based Newcrestimage, were approved Wednesday by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority.
Scott Dedmon, whose firm ADG designed the Bricktown Holiday Inn Express, said the project also will feature a separate building at the northeast corner of Sheridan and Joe Carter avenues between the two hotels.
In previous interviews, officials with Newcrestimage indicated they will seek an upscale national name like P.F. Chang’s or Wolfgang Puck.
Plans show a courtyard, walking path and outdoor seats and tables will flow behind the two hotels and the restaurant and out to the streets. The hotels also are set to include indoor pools, fitness centers and some meeting space.
Both hotels are set to be limited-service operations and five stories high. The Hyatt Place will have 132 rooms and the AC will have 130 rooms. Bricktown will be one of the first AC locations in the country, with the only current location for the new, contemporary themed hotels having recently opened in New Orleans.
The exteriors are set to consist of metal veneer and brick, with parts of the design matching the Bricktown motif while the entrances are more modern, similar to the Bricktown Holiday Inn Express.
“A lot of the design is to brand standard,” Dedmon said. “We’re trying to do that while also fitting it into Bricktown. There is a lot more brick than these hotels would typically have.”