No surprise the company wants to go with another bit of “franchise architecture” – create design, then clone one million or so times. But to be fair, in contrast to when the company wanted to build on undeveloped land Bricktown, in this case it’s simply replacing one forgetable bit of franchise architecture with another. The current building was built in 1989 and has clearly seen better days. Expect this one to be torn down 2029. Disposable architecture = disposable buildings.
Now for the good news – whether it be by accident or having learned about the city’s new expectations for urban design and building footprints, it looks like there won’t be a fight this time around. The plans call for the building to front NW 23, with far less parking facing the major corridor. This should make urban design commissioners very happy.