Insurance company eyes former Oklahoma City hotel as new headquarters

A boarded-up former hotel at the east gateway to downtown Oklahoma City is set to become the headquarters of an insurance company.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: March 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm •  Published: March 6, 2014

Parking is to consist of 20 spaces along surrounding streets with overflow spaces, if needed, to be built on Elliott’s property to the north.

Ainsworth told commissioners he is aware of the property’s prominent vista for visitors arriving downtown from Interstate 35 and Interstate 235.

He added he never considered housing as several residential projects already are being built elsewhere downtown.

“Downtown office space is getting into short supply,” Ainsworth said. “We do think some new office development is needed. There are large tenants out there knocking for space. We’re committed to doing something special. This is a gateway site. It will set the tone and expectation level for what to expect downtown.”

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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