OPEN FLOOR PLAN OFFERING
23rd Street Armory offered by state for sale or lease
The 23rd Street Armory, built as part of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, is up for sale or lease seven years after it was vacated by the Oklahoma National Guard.
The 72,667-square-foot building was built in 1935 and doubled as a community center that hosted civic gatherings, roller derby, wrestling matches, square dancing, basketball and concerts. Architect and Oklahoma Army National Guard Maj.
Bryan Nolen designed the building, which at the time was promoted as the only armory in the state funded entirely from oil revenues generated by wells at the state Capitol.
The building at 200 NE 23 is between the state Capitol and the Uptown district, adjoins Interstate 235, and includes additional land that bidders
may include in their purchase proposals. The building was closed as an armory in 2010, transferred to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, and first eyed for sale in 2015.
The Art Deco building was constructed of recycled penitentiary bricks. The interior has concrete floors, steel joists and fire-resistant construction. The armory consists of offices, classrooms, a barrel-roofed drill hall and several garages with overhead door entry.
Shelley Zumwalt, the agency’s director of public affairs, said the building was still being used for storage but those contents are being moved, making the property available for redevelopment.
“This is the most historically significant building we have for sale,” Zumwalt said. “We will give preference to anyone who keeps the building as is and doesn’t raze it. It’s a great property.”
A 2015 study of the
property indicates the building will need significant repairs and updates, with lighting and restrooms deemed obsolete, no elevators to the second and third floors, extensive pipe insulation, and no central air conditioning or heating.
“The Request for Proposals for the 23rd Street Armory is being issued in compliance with a legislative initiative that directs the state to dispose of underutilized properties, the
Proposals for the 23rd Street Armory are due March 15, 2018. Three pre-submittal building tours are planned from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2017. For additional information, contact OMES Real Estate and Leasing Services at inforeals@omes. ok.gov or 405-521-3819.
proceeds of which go into the Maintenance of State Buildings Revolving Fund,” said Melissa Milburn, Director of Real Estate and Leasing Services.
“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.”
The former Oklahoma National Guard Armory is shown in this 2005 photo.