Board of Adjustment is on the verge of voting to delay decision, demand that both sides agree to hiring of a structural engineer to compile reports on each building.
This certainly isn’t a loss to Preservation Oklahoma, and certainly not a win for SandRidge, which hoped to come out of this meeting with a vote to move forward.
People on both sides whose only contribution is I like this, I don’t like this… not relevant to Board of Adjustment
“It doesn’t hurt SandRidge to know what the historical integrity of the building might be.”
Says SandRidge unwilling to do assessment
Notes chairman of board of trustees is Cliff Hudson.
That national trust is eager to see and be a part of the rehab and enhancement of Oklahoma city.
We strive to help people preserve and protect the places that matter to them. What’s clear to us is there are buildings in this application that matter. You are about to lose one of the most historic buildings in your city.
Says has extensive history with buildings hidden by fake facades.
Says should do an extensive assessment of the building.
Jim Allen asking Rob Rogers if structural engineering reports done. The answer is no, though Rogers repeats expertise of SanndRidge building engineers, and that core samplings were done.
Manager John Williams calls buildings across from hotel an eyesore, says he supports demolition in a letter read by SandRidge attorney Frank Hill.
Hill also has OKC National Memorial director ready to endorse demolition
Says Dr. Bob Blackburn assisting in displaying historic markers along the sidewalk as part of Project 180, might help in creating exhibit on Braniff history.
Points out SandRidge will subsidize retail in first floor of Braniff Building, restaurant in new 120 N Robinson Building, and has plans for long-term commercial development in parking lots along Broadway
Quoting Bob Blackburn on the 120 Robert S. Kerr and former YMCA building:
“The other two are not even on my radar screen in terms of preservation projects.”