Cotton mill site to be cleared

August 4, 2017 by  

Don Hayes, a broker, is to join Oklahoma City developer Sooner Investment in demolishing the Producers Cooperative Cotton Mill.

The city’s planning department received the paperwork this week to redevelop the 37-acre site near Bricktown into a mixed-use property. The old mill has been around since Oklahoma became a state, and contained the heart of Cooperative’s processing of cotton until 2015 when the company moved to Altus.

Producers Cooperative CEO Austin Rose believes clearing the complex is a reasonable step forward. When everything has been demolished, the companies can tackle some environmental concerns that have come up in previous assessments, despite the site getting a good report.

Demolition is set to conclude in November, but no detailed plan of action or timeline have been submitted. According to Hayes, the full plans will be available next month and will probably be organized into stages.

The property was recently under contract by Bob Funk Jr., the owner of Energy FC, earlier this year. His group also had plans to turn the site into a mixed-use development complete with a soccer stadium and hotel. In May, the group cancelled their plans and looked elsewhere for development.

Development plans need to be clear and concise. Printing companies with experience in eye-catching visuals could help bring the plans to life when they are submitted to the city.