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September 17, 2019, 04:42:14 pm
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 on: Today at 03:02:49 pm 
Started by shavethewhales - Last post by shavethewhales

Here is a recent interview with Robby Bell. He mentions there being a plan in progress with him "in the drivers seat this time". Sounds like they have a lot of plans in place. Says he wants to open the park in phases with kiddie park first, then potentially a water park and an indoor area among several additional phases to follow. He also says he still has plenty of equipment stored around the country, but will still buy a number of new rides for the park. The first phase would be roughly half new, half old rides.

He says it will cost $7 million, not including real estate... that sounds kinda cheap to me, but within the realm of possibility if the first phase is just a few kiddie rides, a snack stand, and restrooms.

I mean, it sounds good. I always said that if I were to start an amusement park in Tulsa, I would model it after Toverland. They started with an indoor kids and water park area then expanded outdoors with several roller coasters and big rides.

The main thing here is that it sounds like he has backing and a plan that is finally moving forward. Could go up in smoke once again, but I would think by now he has learned his lessons and is ready to make a final do-or-die effort. I am optimistic.

 on: September 16, 2019, 07:45:22 pm 
Started by BKDotCom - Last post by Laramie
OKCTalk reports on BankFirst Tower

BancFirst set to start complete renovation of city's 2nd tallest tower

After purchasing the former Cotter Ranch Tower last year and announcing plans for a major renovation inside and out, BancFirst has filed building permits to start the work on Oklahoma City's second-tallest building.

The bank currently owns and occupies a building directly west of the tower and plans to move its downtown and other workers into the tower once their space is ready.

The renovation will include completely replacing the black exterior glass with new, blue-tinted glazing, adding lighted signage and an extended crown, removing half of the ground-level pillars and completely reworking the large surrounding plaza and lobby. The lower-level space that connects to the city's Underground tunnel system will also be reworked with a large banking area and glass light wells.

Originally built as the headquarters for Liberty Bank in 1972, at 500 feet it reigned for almost 3 decades as Oklahoma City's tallest building until the completion of Devon Energy Center in 2012.

The property changed hands several times before the most recent 14-year ownership by the Cotter Family which was often tumultuous with frequent complaints of lack maintenance and a slow bleeding of tenants that has resulted in a near 50% vacancy rate.

BancFirst has worked to secure several existing long-term tenants such as Hall Estill law firm and the Petroleum Club.

The bank also teamed with Continental Resources to purchase the adjacent Santa Fe Parking Garage from the city of Oklahoma City.

Design work on the tower is by Bockus Payne Architecture.

BancFirst set to start complete renovation of city's 2nd tallest tower: https://www.okctalk.com/content.php

 on: September 16, 2019, 07:02:45 pm 
Started by BKDotCom - Last post by Laramie
                               One Day in Oklahoma City - The West 2019 Part 20


          Youtube video:  One Day in Oklahoma City - The West 2019 Part 20: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aylnL1dRR4A

 on: September 16, 2019, 12:12:14 pm 
Started by Truman - Last post by AdamsHall

2nd detention pond appears to be gaining some traction with the proposed 3rd pond location also being identified.

 on: September 16, 2019, 10:43:33 am 
Started by shavethewhales - Last post by Oil Capital
At this point it's speculation that SEM will bleed off jobs to Dallas, this seems to benefit SEM more on their remote terminal operations on the Gulf Coast and northern part of the U.S.  

It might be speculation, but it's well-informed speculation. It would be shocking if this did not result in a bleed-off of jobs to Dallas, and I would additionally "speculate" that the bleed-off will happen pretty quickly and be substantial, relative to the current size of the Tulsa office. Note the language used when discussing the Tulsa office - they only agreed to maintain "an office" in Tulsa for two years after the deal closes. They apparently didn't even bother to dress it up with ambiguous language like "significant presence." Anybody working in the SemGroup offices would be well-advised to get their resume updated, TODAY.

 on: September 16, 2019, 10:18:41 am 
Started by shavethewhales - Last post by SXSW
What's the current size of the Tulsa office?  I know it was pretty large at one point then reduced significantly after the bankruptcy/Tom Kivisto scandal.  Tulsa is still a midstream hub so I imagine they will maintain a presence.  Better SemGroup than Williams. 

 on: September 16, 2019, 09:43:49 am 
Started by LandArchPoke - Last post by Conan71
I wish there was a Pizza place over in the area where DECOPOLIS is.  Actually that may be bad cause I would eat there all the time.  Tongue

Yeah, but you have the metabolism of a hummingbird, you could handle it!  Grin

 on: September 16, 2019, 09:42:43 am 
Started by davideinstein - Last post by Conan71
In 3 years since Terence Crutcher's death, Tulsa Police added one policy. More could reduce killings by officers, a researcher says.


Terence Crutcher was meant to go to a music appreciation class at community college. When it was cancelled, he made his way to Friday night choir practice, where his father was waiting. After that, he was supposed to go to a birthday party for Tykiaha’s younger sister Tyjunae. He never made it.
“Kaka,” he said, “some white lady killed my daddy.”
Why, he asked.


Aaaaaand, at some point that evening, Crutcher stopped long enough to snort some PCP and put himself and others at danger with his hallucinations.

 on: September 16, 2019, 09:41:25 am 
Started by shavethewhales - Last post by Conan71
At this point it's speculation that SEM will bleed off jobs to Dallas, this seems to benefit SEM more on their remote terminal operations on the Gulf Coast and northern part of the U.S. 

 on: September 16, 2019, 09:34:46 am 
Started by shavethewhales - Last post by shavethewhales
Another blow to Tulsa's status as an energy company hub. Semgroup, one of the larger diversified midstream companies in the US, is being acquired by a Dallas company. Like all such acquisitions, they'll keep a Tulsa office, but will slowly bleed jobs southward starting from the top.

Once again Tulsa feels locked in a cycle of one step forward, one or two steps back. There have been some good news on the jobs front lately, but the loss of these corporate jobs is another big blow. Dallas/Houston is just continuing to suck everything energy related into it's vortex.

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