Oklahoma City approves $1.5 million for renovations to Bricktown

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Just after the 1889 land run, Bricktown became a place that kept Oklahoma City going.

"It started as an industrial warehouse district to serve the city,” said AJ Kirkpatrick, with Downtown OKC, Inc.

In 1993, Maps 1 helped transform Bricktown with a water canal, baseball stadium and arena.

"That really cemented the future of Bricktown and got people believing that it could be more than a couple of restaurants," Kirkpatrick said.

Now, it has dozens of destinations from nightlife to museums.

"You have a lot of tourists, a lot of out-of-town people who come in and that impression is really important," said Judd Fisher, Yucatan Taco Stand and Tequila Bar & Grill co-owner.

To keep the positive impression of Bricktown, the city recently approved a $1.5 million mini-facelift.

"They'll be working at trying to replace some of the pavers that have disappeared and then trying to narrow that bed so we can get golf carts through easier," Kirkpatrick said.

The first phase will also include fixing stairs, sidewalks and handrails.

"This is a bigger effort on our part to make sure Bricktown is still getting the attention it deserves as really the first district in Oklahoma City," Kirkpatrick said.

The first phase will begin in April and is expected to be finished in June.

After that's complete, workers will focus on landscaping and elevator repairs.

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