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Stage Center demolition begins in earnest

Salvaging of materials from Stage Center is complete and building demolition is proceeding this week with plans to have the site cleared by September to make way for construction of a new headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. in downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: July 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014
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Salvaging of materials from Stage Center is complete and building demolition is proceeding this week with plans to have the site cleared by September.

Rainey Williams, President of Kestrel Investments, is clearing the site at Hudson and Sheridan avenues to make way for a mid-rise headquarters for OGE Energy Corp. and garage, and is hoping to solicit a developer to build a second building of about a dozen stories for either a hotel or housing.

Stage Center, which was closed due to flooding in 2012, is the only building in Oklahoma City to win an international Gold Circle award from the American Institute of Architects and is the only city building featured in textbooks around the world.

Williams said he was unable to find any groups able to accept and store pieces of the building itself. Local arts agencies were allowed to salvage lighting equipment, seats and stage materials earlier this month.

“We have completed the process of removing salvageable components of the theater for future use by local arts organizations and are now beginning to remove the structure,” Williams said. “We look forward to transforming this important site into an exciting, active part of 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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