Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-07-25 11:40:50 –
Oklahoma City (Free Press) — Owners of Sheridan’s Century Center and downtown Robinson have agreed to sell to local Griffin Communications.
Griffin is the parent company of Oklahoma City TV Broadcast News 9, Tulsa News 6, outdoor advertising company Tulsa CW, and several radio stations.
The plan is to relocate all headquarters and all News9 operations to the building. The exception is the operation of weather radar and helicopters that remain in their original location at 7401 N. Kelley. The Tulsa station stays at its current location.
The Oklahoman newspaper, which currently holds the dominant square foot in the building, will be a tenant of Griffin Communications.
Other tenants in the building are also expected to stay and operate during the renovation. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Main Street YMCA, SSM (St. Anthony) Health, Café De L’asie.
Griffin has announced that the entire project will be priced at $ 26 million, of which $ 10 million will be refurbished to meet Griffin’s needs.
According to the company, it plans to move about 200 employees to downtown once the refurbishment is complete.
David Griffin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin Communications, said: ..
“The new location will give our team more opportunities to connect with the general public about community-influencing stories and bring the excitement and energy of downtown Oklahoma City to the homes of viewers in western Oklahoma. Puts the community and people first and is excited to be part of the downtown community. “
According to Griffin’s Vice President of Marketing, Houston Hunt, the refurbishment will include a major restructuring of space in a double-decker building to accommodate headquarters and television production facilities.
“It’s very exciting for us to be able to move our business to the Century Center,” Hunt told Free Press. “Being in the center of the city feels great for both local TV stations and viewers.”
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said: “We are excited to see the relocation of downtown Griffin Communications to bring a new kind of energy to the city’s central business district.
“It also ensures that the major real estate they are moving to will maintain its position as an anchor in downtown. This is really good for downtown and really good for OKC. Involved in this project. I admire everyone, especially David Griffin, Mark Moore, Andy Burnett, and Cathy O’Connor. “
The Oklahoman newspaper is a building that was refurbished primarily in 2014 for 350 employees of Oklahoman and its parent company OPUBCO, and inevitably griffins in a reconstructed space that occupies much less square feet. Become a tenant of.
Oklahoman report At that time, 350 people occupied two floors of space shared with restaurants and other open businesses.
At that time, the paper was still locally owned.
However, since then, the paper has been sold to Colorado oil companies, then to Gatehouse, and merged with the larger Gannett.
Ganett is currently the largest newspaper company in the United States and the fourth largest television broadcaster.
Approximately one year after the move, Oklahoman’s reporters, staff and leaders were separated from the activity, especially for each sale to a state-owned enterprise.
Gatehouse, and Ganette, continue to integrate different parts of Oklahoma’s production into operations outside Oklahoma City, resulting in much less local staff. And newspaper executives weren’t needed locally for larger state-owned enterprises.
The original building of the paper and parent company developed by EK Gay Road is N. It was on Broadway and the 4th lowest motorway.
After building an office tower and printing plant between OKC and Edmond, the company moved to a new campus and returned to the downtown Century Center in 2014.
The parties to the agreement are in talks with the City of Oklahoma City’s Tax Increase Loan Commission on public incentive funding for the TIFF funding reserved for development.
Cathy O’Connor, President and CEO of The Alliance for Economic Development, has been involved in facilitating transactions, as has been done in most major downtown real estate transactions over the last few decades. Private companies provide staff support to economic development trusts and several other city entities with redevelopment.
“The opportunity to move a major employer to downtown is a very important step for downtown Oklahoma City,” O’Connor said in an interview with News 9.
All requests for incentive money provided by various city entities are finally submitted to the city council.
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Last updated: July 25, 2021 at 10:40 am Brett Dickerson – Editor
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