It’s been a month since news leaked that Braum’s wants to destroy the Donnay Building on Classen Circle to make way for a new ice cream and dairy store location that nobody asked for, so I guess we should provide an update on things.
Last week, Braum’s sent a letter to the city requesting to push back a hearing that would decide if the ice cream moguls have the free rein to demolish and clear the land. They requested the delay so they can throw a “community meeting” to discuss the plans and insincerely pretend to care about residents concerns. There’s no word yet if they’re going to give away free ice cream and/or 1/3-pound… errr…. 1/4-pound burgers.
Here are the details via NewsOK.com:
Consideration of an application by Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores to rezone the Donnay Building at Classen Circle for demolition is being delayed one month as the company prepares to host a community meeting about the proposed new store.
The block, bordered by Classen Circle, Military Avenue and NW 50, is home to Classen Grill, Charlie’s Records and the Hi-Lo Club. The building historically is best known as the site of The Patio Grill, which is now The Drunken Fry. The building, built in 1948, also has apartments on the upper floors.
In a letter sent Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Planning Department, attorney David Box requested the hearing scheduled for Aug. 24 be delayed to Sept. 28.
Box and representatives of Braum’s declined to comment.
The request to rezone the one residential lot on the block is the only potential challenge to the site being cleared for a new Braum’s; the remainder of the property is zoned for commercial use and it is not in a design review district.
Yep, Braum’s retained David Box. That’s a shrewd move. He knows a thing or two about wanting to demolish beloved local buildings to make way for boring, lifeless chains.*
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m not a fan of the Braum’s plan. I think even the Braum’s girl would agree that razing a charming, culturally significant building that’s home to several well-known and established businesses to build another unhealthy fast food restaurant is a bad idea. Not only do we have plenty of poorly managed fast food restaurants to choose from already, but there are better locations to build a new Braum’s instead.
Here’s a list of seven of them. They are all located within minutes of Classen Circle:
1. Discount Tire (2701 Northwest Expy, Oklahoma City, OK 73112)
Distance from Classen Circle: 1.8 miles
Okay, they still haven’t finished construction on the new Discount Tire that’s being built where the Charcoal Oven was located, but why get lost in technicalities? The former home of one of Oklahoma’s most iconic burger places would be a great fit for a Braum’s, and with construction on Discount Tire still not completed, it will lower Braum’s demolition costs.
2. Braum’s – 4020 N Pennsylvania Ave (39th and Penn)