The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

August 3, 2013

Johnny Peart gets a big thumbs up for renovation plans for iconic landmark

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up for Johnny Peart. Through his investment, the new Broadway Tower owner saw a need and provided a solution.

He showed off his innovative plan to turn part of Enid’s historic building into a boutique hotel with a grand opening at First Friday.

Peart has renovated part of the Enid property at 114 E. Broadway, which eventually will feature 72 rooms and suites on floors two through nine, the Broadway Cafe & Lounge and DinEnid Eatery.

Thanks for this creative entrepreneurial effort with Enid’s iconic landmark.

More thumbs up to the city of Enid for nearing completion of a deal to put its relocated fire station in the 800 block of South Hoover, sparing Lions Park.

We were pleased other sites were considered for the relocation of the No. 4 Fire Station from West Garriott. Previously, city officials looked at the Hoover parcel and couldn’t come to an agreement.

Last week, City Manager Eric Benson said both the landowner and the city agreed on a price to purchase an acre of undeveloped land along Hoover, north of the railroad tracks and south of Garriott.

The city will end up spending $125,787 just for the land, Benson said. He said the parcel is “appropriate for the fire department’s needs.”

Thumbs up to Kelly Ronistal, the winner of $1,000 during this year’s One Grand Crazy Summer giveaway.

She was among about 50 people outside of JCPenny for the fourth annual giveaway, recently held at the end of Crazy Days inside Oakwood Mall.

The winner had to be present to receive the $1,000 prize, and two other names were called before Ronistal’s was for the grand prize.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Thumbs down to the lingering sinkholes afflicting Bethel Baptist Church.

For pastor Wesley Byrd, the sinkholes are like a nightmare that keeps coming back for another round since last fall.

And Monday night’s heavy rains resurrected the old problem.

A sinkhole about 21 feet long, 10 feet wide and 6 feet deep gaped open Tuesday, extending well into the church parking lot. It is near the area where two sinkholes  previously opened up, going as far back as October.

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