Architects hope third time’s a charm when submitting designs for hotel in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown

The second set of plans for a Marriott AC Hotel, shown in this rendering, was criticized for creating a dead corner of Joe Carter and Sheridan avenues and not interacting well with the surrounding area.

With a sale pending for the property and construction set to begin on an adjoining Hyatt Place, architects submitted revised designs on Wednesday for a Marriott AC Hotel that was criticized by the Bricktown Urban Design Committee. When plans were introduced last fall to the Bricktown Urban Design Committee, they included a contemporary three-story restaurant and lounge with a rooftop patio on the corner of Joe Carter and Sheridan avenues. The AC Hotel is to be built to the east along Sheridan Avenue, and a Hyatt Place is to be built to the north along Joe Carter Avenue. But an objection by Marriott prompted architects with ADG to scrap the three-story building in favor of a design that matches other AC hotels a move that drew sharp criticism from a Bricktown Urban Design Committee that concluded the new AC design did not interact well with the street or feature a design that was a fit with the historic warehouse district.

Lead architect Scott Dedmon presented a new set of designs Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, which also has design control of the site.

“We’ve worked very hard to make sure the front of the house operations faces the street,” Dedmon said. “We eliminated two hotel rooms and created a two-story space on the southwest corner. It is very similar to where we started by opening the area up with glass.”

Dedmon said Marriott executives asked to eliminate the three-story restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar because it did not fit with their AC brand theme, which includes a restaurant and lounge inside the hotel. Officials with the developer, NewcrestImage, initially indicated they hoped to lease the three-story building to an upscale national chain on par with PF Chang’s. Dedmon said NewcrestImage already has a building permit for the adjoining Hyatt Place and is hoping to close on buying both properties at the same time.

The Urban Renewal Authority approved the revised design, and the plans will be resubmitted for approval by the Bricktown Urban Design Committee for a vote at their February meeting. NewcrestImage previously has indicated the company hopes to start construction on the $45 million development later this year. The hotels are part of the Steelyard development, a mix of apartments and retail being built immediately east by Gary Brooks. Brooks told Urban Renewal commissioners on Wednesday the project is on schedule for a March 2017 completion. He said foundations will be set for a garage next month.

Brooks said NewcrestImage, which opened the Bricktown Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express last year, are a good addition to the district.

They are professionals at every level, and they’re doing a lot of work, Brooks said.

I would be very pleased with that product (the AC hotel) next to the $70 million development we are doing next door.

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