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New Gold Dome owners prepared to do 'what it takes' to renovate OKC landmark

A groundbreaking is scheduled for July on renovations of the Gold Dome at NW 23 and Classen, which will become home to the 65-person headquarters of TEEMCO.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: June 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm •  Published: June 22, 2013

When the Gold Dome at NW 23 and Classen was first threatened with demolition in 2001, Meg Salyer stood at the corner with other protesters picketing the owner, Bank One. Friday, Salyer, now a city councilwoman, helped celebrate overcoming another close call for the historic landmark.

Salyer joined with the building's last owner, David Box, and representatives of the new owner, TEEMCO, as plans were announced that the building will be renovated and turned into the company's headquarters.

“We've been trying for many years to find an appropriate use for this building,” Salyer said at the Friday morning news conference inside the darkened former bank. “I think we've found it.”

Box, owner of the Greens Country Club and Box Talent, bought the building at 1112 NW 23 last fall for $800,000 after it was seized in foreclosure by Bank 7 from the prior owner, Dr. Irene Lam. He then sought to have it demolished in March, but backed away from those plans after facing protests from the preservation and architectural communities.

Arrow Cunningham, spokesman for Edmond-based TEEMCO, confirmed the environmental engineering company has not completed a study of repairs and renovations needed to make the building headquarters to its 65-person operation. But after being reminded that Box estimated the building needs repairs that will top $250,000, Cunningham promised the company is prepared to do what it takes to get the job done.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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