OKLAHOMA CAPITOL BOXSCORE
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.