Improvements underway along desolate western stretch of Bricktown Canal

Published Monday, September 19, 2016
by Steve Lackmeyer

The west end of the Bricktown Canal, the most desolate section since it opened in 1999, is set to undergo a makeover that includes creation of new restaurant and bar patio space and a connection from the Santa Fe Train Station.

Harding & Shelton, an energy firm, bought the Red Ball and J.I. Case Plow Works buildings at 2 and 12 E California Avenue almost a decade ago. They completed a renovation of the J.I. Case building, which was already home to Zio's, but the Red Ball building required more extensive renovations that are now wrapping up.

“It was last commercially used in the mid-20th century,” said Nathaniel Harding, manager at Harding & Shelton. “It has not had any modern electrical service or plumbing. We had to have piers added to have canal-level deck space. And we had to add an elevator.”

E-Foundation, a nonprofit established by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, recently moved into the third floor of the Red Ball building, and the remaining space is set to be completed later this year. The building includes a rooftop event space that Harding is hoping either to develop or lease to an operator.

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