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Salvaged Stage Center furnishings, equipment to be donated to arts groups

Furnishings and equipment valued at more than $100,000 is being salvaged from Stage Center in Oklahoma City and will be donated to local arts groups as demolition crews begin preparations to clear the site to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 3, 2014
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photo - A black construction fence surrounds the old Stage Center facility on Friday in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
A black construction fence surrounds the old Stage Center facility on Friday in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Furnishings and equipment valued at more than $100,000 are being salvaged from Stage Center and donated to local arts groups as demolition crews begin preparations to clear the site to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.

Kestrel Investments, owner and developer of the downtown Oklahoma City property currently occupied by Stage Center, is building a 16- to 18-story tower with structured parking for OGE Energy Corp. on the site, which is at Hudson and Sheridan Avenues.

Allied Arts identified items that are in good condition and meet the needs of various local theater and arts groups. Crews are removing about 250 theater seats, 150 stage lights and 20 exterior flood lights that will be distributed to local groups via Allied Arts. Extraction of the materials is scheduled to begin Monday.

Crews with Midwest Wrecking started work earlier this week, and expect to have the theater demolished by September. The theater, designed by architect John Johansen, is considered the most significant architectural building in Oklahoma City but was damaged and closed by flooding in 2010. The property was sold for redevelopment when no arts groups or potential users stepped forward with a plan to renovate and keep the 44-year-old building open as a theater.

Rainey Williams, president of Kestrel Investments, is also planning to build a parking garage on the site and is seeking another developer to build an eight- to 12-story hotel or residential tower on the site.

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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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We appreciate Rainey and the OGE team’s generosity in making this equipment available for arts groups throughout the Oklahoma City community. Artists are resourceful by nature and we’re excited that pieces of Stage Center will have a second life in their new homes.”

Deborah McAuliffe

Senner,
President and CEO of Allied Arts

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