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.
Williams previously indicated pieces of theater might be salvaged for future display, but so far has only confirmed the Stage Center sign, added about 20 years ago, is set to be saved.
“As we move forward transforming this property into an exciting, usable space in our downtown community, we are pleased that equipment from Stage Center can live on through local arts organizations,” Williams said. “I also thank OGE for their coordination and assistance throughout this process.”
Allied Arts officials indicated Wednesday they believe the salvaged materials will be welcomed by area arts groups.
“We appreciate Rainey and the OGE team’s generosity in making this equipment available for arts groups throughout the Oklahoma City community,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, president and CEO of Allied Arts. “Artists are resourceful by nature and we’re excited that pieces of Stage Center will have a second life in their new homes.”
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.”
President and CEO of Allied Arts