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The ultimate gentrification


Gazette staff July 25th, 2012

The city of Oklahoma City is seeking proposals to return the 41,000-squarefoot old city jail to a sort of former glory.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Of course, would-be developers will face a few challenges, given the building’s functionality for people who break laws and whatnot.

One idea being tossed for the old jail that might be ideal: a doggy day care, of which downtown is desperately in need.

We at Chicken-Fried News are thinking more along the lines of a mixed-use residential repurposing. After all, we’ve got The Hill, The Montgomery, The Regency and The Sieber in other redeveloped areas of downtown. The Slammer would be a welcome addition.

We’ve locked down a plan that provides retail on the ground floor and four floors of efficiencies, with the sixth floor serving as a sort of penthouse for a warden who would be just a stone’s throw from the county jail. All that, and it’s a gated community, to boot.

 
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