ENID, Okla. —
Construction is on.
Enid and nearby residents are awaiting several major construction projects first announced last year. This year could see several businesses cut the ribbon and open, or re-open, for business.
Broadway Tower is expected to start booking hotel rooms in its downtown boutique hotel.
Both the Koch Nitrogen plant addition and new canola processing facility should break ground around the same time in late 2014.
And local officials, while mum on details, have been optimistic Oakwood Mall is nearing the start of its renovation timeline.
‘Hell or high water’
The interior frames are almost up at Broadway Tower, which will have at least 72 new hotel rooms by the time Johnny Peart is through building.
“There’s electric that’s under way. Every component of putting it back together is under way simultaneously, including the sprinkler system and the fire alarm system,” he said. “Most of the rooms are framed and some of the electric is done. It happens in stages. One guy follows another guy. Some of the bathtubs are installed right now and the plumbers are on-site working here daily.”
The project, which won approval from the city last year, could show fruit in 2014. Peart and his crews have torn out antiquated building materials to make the structure up to code.
“It’s going to be this year, come hell or high water. We’re doing definitely what we can, and we’re coordinating an effort with all involved to open up floors and continue on with the construction,” Peart said.
Hotel rooms will go up to the 10th floor, he said. The rest currently is being used as office space. On the ground floor is space for a lounge and cafe.
Peart shut down his cafe for more renovation.
“One of the things that was going on there was the piping running through the building, some of those run right through that cafe,” he said. “So rather than stay open during that period, because it was just torn apart, it’s closed.”
There has been some delay, he said.
“It’s been difficult to get the staff that’s needed here because there’s a lot of people busy with other projects, so they come and go and come and go,” said Peart. “We hope to be further ahead, but we’re doing what we can.”