Office tower in Oklahoma City calls for demolition of several downtown buildings

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Nine downtown buildings in Oklahoma City may soon meet the wrecking ball.

Developers want to build a new 27-story office tower, along with two adjoining parking garages.

The development would take shape directly west of the Devon Energy Center, between Hudson and Walker and between Main and Sheridan.

Devon would be the major tenant of the proposed new tower.

Local historic preservationists are opposed to the plans because it would require demolishing nine buildings.

Those buildings include the abandoned Union Bus Station, the Lunch Box, the long vacant Carpenter Square Theatre and two buildings that once housed hotels.

The Downtown Design Review Committee is considering the request during a meeting Thursday.

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