23rd Street Ar­mory of­fered by state for sale or lease

The Oklahoman - - BUSINESS - BY STEVE LACKMEYER Busi­ness Writer slack­

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. 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.

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