6 eyesores plaguing Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City is a beautiful place, but it's not without its handful of eyesores.
Steve Lackmeyer took a close look at these eyesores and what the futures hold.
Here are 6 eyesores Lackmeyer says are plaguing downtown Oklahoma City.
No. 6 - Federal Building
The Federal Building at NW 6 and Hudson Avenue has "little hope for change," Lackmeyer said.
The building's 50-foot setback, harsh prison-like exterior and green space initially filled with weeds did not make a good impression when it opened and still ranks among downtown's least popular buildings.
No. 5 - Former Margarita Mamma's club
Located at 108 E California, the former Margarita Mamma's Club has been vacant for more than a decade and has been on the market since 2008.
With the opening of a miniature golf course next door, the building with its pastel green wall and large for-sale banners sticks out more than ever.
No. 4 - Former jail
Despite efforts to turn it into a combined retail/office/storage space, the former Oklahoma City jail, 200 N Shartel Ave., has been empty for two decades.
Some at City Hall and at the police department advocate tearing down the old jail to create additional space for parking.
No. 3 - OG&E electric substation
The OG&E electric substation, NE 10 and Interstate 235, will soon be on the move, better late than never.
With redevelopment along NE 10, including the new $125 million GE Global Oil and Gas Research Center, the substation facing Interstate 235 is another longtime eyesore that sticks out more than ever before. OG&E recently confirmed plans to move the substation slightly north to a location less visible to the highway and NW 10.
No. 2 - Former Foodie's Diner
Former Foodie's Diner, 1220 N Hudson Ave., had such promise but a recent change-of-ownership saw the building gutted and abandoned.
This mid-century gem was brought to life a few years ago, but then shut down when the operators agreed to turn over the keys to a local restaurateur who they say promised to continue their concept.
No. 1 - U-Haul
U-Haul, Lower Bricktown, is the only original building in Bricktown with a fake facade, Lackmeyer said.
The former Iten Biscuit Co. building has been covered with aluminum siding since it was turned into a U-Haul storage facility in the 1970s. The public got a glimpse of the original casement windows and architecture, which date to the early 20th century, when the building caught fire last spring. I asked U-Haul whether the company would entertain not restoring the siding and instead expose the original facade. I never got an answer and earlier this month the siding was put back up, hiding this jewel once again ...