Roy Oliver bought City Place, the historic 33-story skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City, this week and plans improvements, including seven apartments on the top floors.
Oliver paid $4 million for the 329,830-square-foot building — 294,000 square feet rentable — at 204 N Robinson, valued at $5.5 million by the county.
The office tower, constructed in 1931 by oilman Walter Ramsey, has been the home of Globe Life & Accident Insurance Co. since the 1970s.
Globe Life continues to occupy about 50,000 square feet on a long-term lease, said Mark Beffort of Grubb & Ellis-Levy Beffort, who handled the transaction. No one at Globe Life could be reached for comment.
Why he bought it
Oliver said City Place complements the rest of his office portfolio in Oklahoma City, which includes four downtown and two suburban buildings.
"We don’t expect there to be a huge financial gain with that building,” he said, but its architecture, history and potential made it attractive.
Beffort said the Depression-era City Place, was a good investment, especially since it doesn’t compete with Oliver’s other, newer buildings.
Keeping Globe Life as a tenant, Beffort said, lends strength to the investment. Globe Life plans to "right size” its occupancy, consolidating to the basement and third, fourth and fifth floors.