OK­LA­HOMA CAPI­TOL BOXSCORE

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - DALE DENWALT,

Ar­mory ren­o­va­tion

State of­fi­cials are seek­ing pro­pos­als for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the 23rd Street Ar­mory.

The nearly de­serted state-owned build­ing, which sits west of the Ok­la­homa Capi­tol, was con­ceived in 1935 as a Works Progress Ad­min­is­tra­tion project. Along with be­ing an Ok­la­homa Na­tional Guard ar­mory, the build­ing also served as a civic gath­er­ing spot and sport­ing event venue. The Of­fice of Man­age­ment and En­ter­prise Ser­vices, which over­sees the man­age­ment of state prop­erty, wants to know how busi­nesses would ei­ther buy or lease the build­ing, then ren­o­vate it.

The 73,000-square­foot build­ing closed in 2010 and is now used for state agency stor­age. The ex­te­rior of the build­ing has clas­sic art deco fea­tures and was con­structed of re­cy­cled pen­i­ten­tiary bricks, OMES noted in a news re­lease. How­ever, the build­ing is un­der­uti­lized and must be con­sid­ered for dis­posal.

“Due to the lo­ca­tion and unique his­tory of the prop­erty, it is be­ing of­fered to the pri­vate sec­tor through this process to al­low the state to con­sider com­mu­nity ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing eco­nomic, cul­tural and job cre­ation as part of the eval­u­a­tion process,” said Melissa Mil­burn, di­rec­tor of real es­tate and leas­ing ser­vices.

Pro­pos­als are due March 15.

Show them the money

Two House law­mak­ers have chal­lenged fel­low Repub­li­cans to each find $50 mil­lion to $100 mil­lion in spend­ing cuts by De­cem­ber.

State Reps. Lewis Moore and Bobby Cleve­land, R-Slaugh­ter­ville, said they are pre­par­ing for a line-by-line bud­get re­view be­fore the Leg­is­la­ture re­turns in reg­u­lar ses­sion early next year.

“We have spent too much time and en­ergy lately find­ing cre­ative ways to in­crease rev­enue,” said Moore, R-Ar­ca­dia.

“This Repub­li­can Bud­get Chal­lenge is a way for us to shift our fo­cus back to con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples: elim­i­nat­ing waste, stream­lin­ing gov­ern­ment and find­ing ef­fi­cien­cies that ben­e­fit Ok­la­homans.”

State ques­tion launched

The cam­paign for Marsy’s Law, a state ques­tion that will ap­pear on the Novem­ber 2018 bal­lot, was launched in Ok­la­homa City on Wed­nes­day. The Ok­la­homa Leg­is­la­ture over­whelm­ingly chose to put the vic­tims’ rights mea­sure to a statewide vote.

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