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« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2017, 07:20:41 pm »

Tulsa is pretty fortunate to have someone like the Ross Group and the Sniders to repurpose these old buildings.

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« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2017, 06:35:15 pm »

Tulsa is pretty fortunate to have someone like the Ross Group and the Sniders to repurpose these old buildings.

Two groups which will be making money hand over fist in a few years leaving other developers and property owners who have done absolutely nothing crying fowl.
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« Reply #32 on: November 16, 2017, 09:41:58 am »

Update on the Club Building:

City councilors get closer look at Tulsa Club building restoration work

Ben Kimbro likes to brag about the Tulsa Club building. Wherever his work takes him, whether it be London or Hong Kong or Guadalajara, he brags on it.

Wednesday, he stuck around home and touted the downtown building’s virtues to his fellow city councilors.

“If you’ve lived in Tulsa and you have a little gray hair, you have a tie to this building,” Kimbro said. “You have an Easter brunch, a wedding reception or a Christmas party, or some fond memory tied to this building.

“So to see it come back better than ever, yeah, I’m exceedingly proud of the guys I work with.”

Kimbro led the tour because his day job is at Ross Group, the Tulsa construction company that spent $1.5 million in 2015 to buy the long-neglected art deco building at 115 E. Fifth St. The company is spending $22.5 million to rebuild it into a posh, 96-room boutique hotel that will be operated by Tulsa-based Promise Hotels.

It is expected to open in about a year, Kimbro said.

“One of the things that, certainly not me, but the Ross Group does really well are historic renovations,” the councilor said.

For the Tulsa Club building, the renovation has been a long time coming. The 11-story structure was built in 1927 as a joint venture between the Tulsa Club and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. In its heyday, the building had visits from stars like John Wayne and Rita Hayworth.

But since 1994, when the Tulsa Club closed, it has been beset by absentee owners and vagrants looking for shelter.

Wednesday’s tour was the first opportunity many city councilors had ever had to step inside the building. And that can be a trip. Long the forgotten haunt of the homeless, the inside walls are still covered with graffiti in many areas. Some of it actually looks cool.

“Little by little, some of my favorites are going away,” Kimbro joked. “I’ve got photos to preserve them.”

But what is coming is expected to be out of this world. Kimbro said he believes the hotel’s ballroom will be the best in the state. Sixty of the 96 rooms will have unique layouts. Plans also call for a roof-top terrace and fine dining. Valet and car service will also be available.

Standing in the ballroom, Councilor Phil Lakin recalled his two previous visits to the building, including one for a high school social function.

“It was a cool place to get to come to because it was downtown,” Lakin said. “I’m a south Tulsa guy, so I rarely even came downtown.

“I specifically remember looking out these big windows toward the east and looking down and thinking how cool downtown was.”

Councilor Jeannie Cue, who had never been inside the building before Wednesday, said she loves all of the historic preservation going on around the city.

“It brings a lot of history back and makes our city unique,” she said. “We’re blessed to have citizens investing back in our community.”

Kimbro, senior director for special projects for the Ross Group, reminded anyone within earshot that without the historic tax credits, the Tulsa Club property would be a parking lot.

Thanks to those credits, the city is set to reap a great financial windfall, he said.

“Without the miracle of historic tax credits, we wouldn’t have changed the value of this building up north of $50 million onto the tax rolls,” he said.


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« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2017, 10:33:33 am »

Really excited about this project.
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