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Old December 19th, 2014, 12:48 AM   #1
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OKLAHOMA CITY | BOK Park Plaza | 132m | 433ft | 27 fl | U/C










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The downtown skyline keeps growing.

Just weeks after the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority agreed to a deal with Chicago-based Clayco that will result in two office and two apartment towers, Houston-based Hines is preparing to build a 27-story tower designed by the renown architects who imagined Devon Energy Center.

Hines, which also developed Devon Energy Center on behalf of Devon Energy, will be presenting plans Thursday to the city’s Downtown Design Review Committee that call for construction of the office tower at the northwest corner of Sheridan and Hudson Avenues, and garages to be built at the southwest corner of Main and Hudson and at the northeast corner of Sheridan and Walker.

The development, named 499 W Sheridan and designed by Jon Pickard, is to be built on properties assembled since 2007 by Nicholas Preftakes, and will require the demolition of the One North Hudson Building, the Union Bus Station, the Auto Hotel, the Lunch Box and the former home of Carpenter Square Theater.

“We’ve been looking at this site for several years and talking with the current ownership of the site,” said Tom D’Arcy, a vice president with Hines. “We’ve had the good fortune to be able to get control of the site and work with Jon Pickard as well to devise a commercial office building.”
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Old December 19th, 2014, 01:22 AM   #2
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It's a great looking tower for OKC!
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Old December 19th, 2014, 01:31 AM   #3
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It's crazy to me that this time next year, there will be 5 towers going up at once!
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Old December 20th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #4
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Good times for OKC.
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Old December 20th, 2014, 06:23 AM   #5
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The architect and developer presenting plans for a 27-story office tower were cautioned Thursday they will face difficulty getting project approval from the Downtown Design Review Committee if plans aren’t changed for a garage to be built across from an existing garage and downtown’s new elementary school.
This might not get approved as fast as Hines wants it to.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 12:51 PM   #6
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http://goo.gl/MVaDrf good))) very good)))
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 10:32 PM   #7
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Decent building. Fits in very well.
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Proposed skyscraper could mean demolition of historic buildings



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OKLAHOMA CITY —Historic buildings just across the street from the Devon Tower could be torn down to make way for a new skyscraper.

A preservation group is working to stop that from happening.

“These buildings are very important. They are a part of our past, they are a reflection of our history," said David Pettyjohn, executive director of nonprofit group Preservation Oklahoma.

The oldest of the nine buildings has stood for nearly a century. They include the Union Bus Station, Lunch Box Restaurant, Carpenter Square Theater and Black Hotel.

They make up a historic city block in the heart of downtown. “These buildings are more than brick and stone and mortar and windows, they are a part of who we are,” Pettyjohn said.

Preservation Oklahoma is trying to stop the planned demolition. A new development known as “499 Sheridan,” a 27-story high-rise with two parking garages, would be built in their place.

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Just today 12/10/14 this item was listed on the agenda for the Downtown Design Review Committee of 12/18:


This is for the block directly west of the Devon Tower, most on OKCTalk call it the "Preftakes Block". We are hearing Bank of Oklahoma will be the main tenant and Devon Energy will occupy the rest.



Initially, the height was going to be somewhere in the 20-25 story range, but now it seems to be much higher.

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Old January 25th, 2015, 06:59 PM   #9
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The demolition of hotel black/moter hotel and the bus station have been approved, i think someone is challenging the bus station ruling however.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 02:14 AM   #10
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Source : http://newsok.com/city-panel-rejects...rticle/5398729

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City panel rejects effort to save Union Bus Station
Oklahoma City’s Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 to uphold another panel’s decision to demolish the downtown bus station to make way for a garage.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 5, 2015


An effort to stop demolition of the Union Bus Station failed to win support of Oklahoma City’s Board of Adjustment Thursday, but Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid is vowing to continue his fight in Oklahoma County District Court.

The Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 to uphold a January decision by the Downtown Design Review Committee to allow Houston developer Hines to raze the bus station to make way for a garage to be built as part of the 27-story 499 W Sheridan tower.

Shadid argued the committee should have consulted with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, and also did not wait for traffic and engineering studies before backing Hines in its demolition request.

The Board of Adjustment, however, sided with Hines attorney David Box who argued the consultation was not required and the Downtown Design Review Committee acted within its discretion.

Representatives of Hines declined to comment on the matter after the vote. Shadid said the discussion was evidence the design review ordinance is not adequately protecting historic structures and he promised the matter will be appealed in Oklahoma County District Court.
Well, this only has minor hurdles to go it appears. Such a sad loss for whats left of downtown history; But times change i guess.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 05:18 AM   #11
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It appears to be the beginning of the end for our Bus Station.
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Old July 26th, 2015, 06:43 AM   #12
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Demo has started.



Once demo is complete, construction should start right after.
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Old August 17th, 2015, 04:04 AM   #13
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Very nice - looking forward to seeing this project go up!
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Old August 18th, 2015, 04:19 PM   #14
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Wow, for OKC this is an impressive project. While I initially felt like I was looking at a 60s-era office building, I don't see it that way anymore.
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Old September 10th, 2015, 07:51 PM   #15
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Tulsa based BOK Financial, who owns Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas, and Colorado State Bank and Trust, will be the main tenant of 499 W Sheridan, now called BOK Park Plaza. Devon Energy will be the other tenant.





Implosion of the last two buildings is set for this Sunday at 8:00 AM.
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Old September 14th, 2015, 05:41 AM   #16
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The block was demoed today, i managed to snap some pictures during it.



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Old November 24th, 2015, 09:25 PM   #17
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From OKCTalk.com. Construction underway. Tower crane up for parking garage (right), tower crane assembly beginning for tower (lower left)

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Old December 14th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #19
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So I suspect the Devon HQ has really spawned development? I hope it has, OKC seems like a city with great promise; I'd like to see the rebirth of these midsize prairie cities into contemporary metropoli that can be models for other US cities. They're lucky, as unlike their neighbords (Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Cleveland), these cities aren't qrestling with managing vacant housing and office stock, and thus can completely invest in infrastructure.
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Columns now about 2 floors above ground.

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