Aubrey McClendon plans day care and fitness center on unfinished wine cellar site

Designs submitted to the Oklahoma City Planning Department show plans for a 18,000-square-foot American Energy Partners day care center on the southwest corner of NW 68 and Classen Boulevard.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: July 22, 2014 at 9:19 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014


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American Energy Partners has plans for a child care center between NW 68 and NW 67 on the east side of Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
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American Energy Partners has plans for a child care center between NW 68 and NW 67 on the east side of Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

The steel beams of American Energy Partners LP founder Aubrey McClendon’s unfinished wine cellar in northwest Oklahoma City have come down and records show there are plans to build a day care center for AEP employees and a fitness center on the site.

Designs submitted to the Oklahoma City Planning Department show plans for a 18,000-square-foot American Energy Partners day care center on the southwest corner of NW 68 and Classen Boulevard.

Drawings submitted with the day care center plans also show an adjacent fitness center as part of a later project. The plans were submitted to the city by the Oklahoma City planning and civil engineering firm Johnson & Associates, which also worked on plans for the Chesapeake Energy Corp. campus.

On Tuesday, the arched steel frame of McClendon’s wine cellar already had been been taken down and crews from Smith & Pickel Construction were working on the site with an excavator and crane. Work halted at the wine cellar site sometime in 2008 and stacks of unused steel beams had sat untouched on the structure’s concrete slab until recently.

American Energy Partners and Johnson & Associates did not respond to inquiries about the building project on Tuesday.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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