Core to Shore: What's there now

Published: Monday, February 9, 2009 7:00 am By: Kelley Chambers
least 2012. He said he has also received no indication how much the city would pay for his land, or if he would be compensated for a move.

"They claim they're not going to put anybody out of business," he said. "I don't believe that."

Massey said the city will also lose the area dubbed Hubcap Alley.

"We can find a new place, but we have a community where people come down because it's nothing but automotive," he said.

The Oklahoma County assessor's office listed the market value of Massey's building at $104,310 in 2008. Massey said he has no idea how much it would cost to pack up and move to a new site.

Claus met with Hubcap Alley owners last year and assured them that the city is acquiring the land it needs by negotiation. Any land not set for public use will remain with the owners. If an owner holds out, Claus said the city could take drastic measures like condemnation, a move he would prefer to avoid.

"That is certainly not the city's first priority," he said. "We would like to avoid it as much as possible."

Claus told property owners the land in its current condition is not more valuable just because the city has its sights on certain parcels.

Mark Beffort, with Grubb & Ellis Levy Beffort, has been hired by the city to assist in acquisition of properties for Core to Shore. Beffort came on just after the post office deal, but will handle all future acquisitions from negotiation to closing.

For now, Beffort said, the city is looking no farther than the proposed park area. The city is considering several properties around the proposed park but nothing is under contract.

"Our primary concentration today is the park area and then one block off each side of the park," Beffort said.

Beffort said it is a misconception that property owners can ask astronomical prices for their properties in negotiations with the city.

"Some people believe the property is worth ten times as much because the city wants to put the park down there," he said. "It will have to be developed before it has more value."

Other property owners have different plans for an inevitable move.

Cusack Meats, at 301 SW 12th St., has been in business since 1933.

Owner Al Cusack has 25,000 square feet where he and about 30 employees prepare and package meat that is sent out around the United States. The company is on land slated for a park.

"My concern is, I have a federally inspected meat plant that manufactures product every day," he said. "You can't just snap your fingers and put one of these up overnight."

Cusack too has been told that the city is not interested in his property until 2012, but he has started looking at options.

"We're keeping our eyes open," he said.

And while Cusack said a new facility would be nice, it would likely take 18 months to build and cost

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