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Historic landmark is home to condominiums

By Chris Brawley Morgan Published: September 8, 2007
When the circular Founders Tower was a place of business, its offices were small, awkward — and shaped like slices of pie.

That is, at least, the assessment of developers and owners Mark Livingston and Jim Meyer, who have transformed the Oklahoma City landmark into The 360 at Founders Plaza.

This fall, it will be a home, a high-rise one with panoramic views.

Young professionals, empty nesters and doctors from nearby medical facilities have reserved 50 of the 63 condominiums so far, including the $2 million unit that takes the entire 18th floor, the developers said.

"We are bringing it back to life, while maintaining its historic nature,” Meyer said.

Floors 3 through 17 have been divided into four condominiums each. To complement the exterior's 1960s style, the open-plan interiors are modern by today's standards. There are smooth kitchen and bathroom cabinets and sliding pocket doors. Countertops are granite and the floors in the main rooms are hardwood, slate or travertine tile. Carpet is used in the bedrooms.

Every room features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and each condominium is graced with two or three balconies.

"Who wants a balcony in their office? Everyone wants a balcony in their house,” Livingston said.

In a two-bedroom condominium, balconies flank either side of the main living area. In other condominiums, one of the balconies ends up outside the bathroom.

Prices range from $275,000 for a one-bedroom condominium to about $1 million for one of the two penthouses on the 19th floor.

The higher the condo, the more expansive the view — whether it be Lake Hefner or the downtown skyline — and the higher the price, Livingston said.

The condominiums range from 1,168 square feet for a one-bedroom to 6,800 square feet for an entire floor.

The 360 is the contemporary cornerstone of a 7-acre Founders Plaza project that will include two 40,000-square-foot office buildings and 14 townhouses and should cost about $50 million. Construction on Phase Two should begin next spring, Meyer said.

Prices will start at $300,000 for the 2,500-square-foot townhouses, Livingston said.

Amenities will include a yet-to-be-built exterior swimming pool and a spa, which will feature a pool already in the basement of The 360. Both will be used by the entire development.

Because of a proliferation of hotels in the area, plans for a hotel have been nixed for the time, Meyer said.

The new office buildings and townhouses will be designed to echo The 360's modern sensibilities.

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With the Jetsons cartoon popular on television and everyone talking about a moon landing, the building now known as The 360 at Founders Plaza was considered futuristic when constructed in 1962. The Oklahoma City office landmark is being converted to condominiums.Panoramic views are seen from balconies of condominiums at The 360 at Founders Plaza.The tower has been an Oklahoma City landmark for 45 years.Developers Jim Meyer and Mark Livingstone show a two-bedroom model condominium at The 360 at Founders Plaza, 5900 Mosteller Drive. By JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

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