OKC Central: 701 Hudson update
Brent Swift's first entry into downtown development is absolutely changing the streetscape along Hudson and NW 6 and showing how just one corner can transform the connection between the Central Business District and Midtown.
I broke the story on this project back in June, 2016. The five-story building, named 701 Hudson, is being built at the northwest corner of NW 6 and Hudson Avenue, across from the federal office building and at the entry way to the annual H&8th festival. g.
Architect Jeremy Gardner's designs have the building fronting Hudson Avenue, where the first floor will consist of up to 1,800 square feet of commercial space with nine garage spaces in the rear facing west.
The second through fourth floors will each have three residences, while one large penthouse with outdoor patios facing east and south will be sold on the fifth floor.
And it's all being built on a lot that is only 75 by 105 feet.
For decades, the corner was better known as the home of Allen's Cafe, a quintessential “hole in the wall” restaurant at NW 7 and Hudson that drew customers with a mix of comfort food and eclectic art on the walls. Its owner, Hayden Allen, had no use for advertising or even a sign out front, and he limited the eatery's hours to just three hours a day.
Decades of ownership by Allen's family ended in 2007 when the corner was sold to R.D. and Scott Smith, who discovered successor restaurants couldn't successfully follow in Allen's steps.
The nondescript, two-story brick building and adjoining empty lot sold in 2011 to pilot Robert Lewis, who renovated the building into housing but never proceeded with plans to turn the empty lot into new two-story housing.
The corner sold to Swift in April, 2016, and the 701 Hudson project marks a continuation of collaborative efforts between Swift and Gardner. Projects by the pair in Norman include renovations of old commercial buildings, bungalows and apartment buildings and some new construction.
The next Oklahoma City project for the pair is the redevelopment of the historic Walcourt at NE 13 and Walnut Avenue.