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Abandoned apartment building in Oklahoma City turns into dream home

Larry and Regina Waters are moving into their dream home in Deep Deuce eight years after buying the former two-story Clark Building at 16 NE 2 in Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: September 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012

Waters said the first floor, about 6,500 square feet with its own entrance, will be leased to a retail or office tenant. He recently purchased a parking lot and wood-frame one-story building to the east that will accommodate the building's tenants. He expects to eventually tear down the building, used for storage, as he repaves the parking lot. He also anticipates building a new structure in the lot at a future date.

The second and third floors will be the Waters' full-time residence. The kitchen, designed for his wife Regina, a surgical nurse, includes countertop seating for a dozen visitors with the cooking area that boasts a brick oven.

“She loves to cook, she likes to have friends over and she wants to have cooking classes,” Waters said.

Between the kitchen and large dining area is a large wall awaiting the addition of large flat screen television. Their bedroom and living areas boast views of the central business and Bricktown skylines.

The addition on the rooftop required installation of steel beams to support the added weight. The combined living area and secondary kitchen on the rooftop is in a room that has glass doors designed to create an outdoor space similar to a lanai-style room in Hawaii.

“The views are incredible,” Waters said. “You can sit around in the evenings and see everything. You can walk to everything. The only thing missing was a grocery store and now we've got Native Roots coming in across the street.”

The Waters have already hosted private parties with friends. They realize their new home — especially their rooftop — might be requested by various groups for parties and events. But for now, they're simply focused on making the Clark Building their home.

“We're just going to enjoy it,” Waters said. “Our kids will come over, our grandkids will come over, and we're going to have fun. That's what life is all about.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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