“People had to bring their own toilet paper,” Tenants say historic building is on verge of breakdown

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City landmark is now surrounded by controversy. The First National Center (FNC) downtown is marred by broken elevators, employees are having to bring their own toilet paper, and utilities are reportedly on the verge of being shut off.

Monday was moving day for the Oklahoma Tourism Department. They, along with three other state agencies, will soon be moved to different locations around town.

"The governor's office has declared that all state agencies housed at the First National Center, be moved out of the building by August 27th," said Leslie Blair, with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

The road to this exodus though, has been long and complicated.

NewsChannel 4 stopped by the building, and were told by several tenants the issue might be the building's piling up bills.

"I don't know, they don't pay their bills or something," noted Misty Fox, owner of a business in the FNC.

The historic building has fallen on hard times, with elevators breaking down, escalators turned to stairs, code violations from the city, not to mention the bathrooms.

"It was dirty," said Barbara Newey, with the Downtown OKC Tag Agency. "Apparently, some people had to bring their own toilet paper to work."

Records show the building's owned by FNC-OKC I LLC, and FNC-OKC II LLC.

NewsChannel 4 called Property Manager, Jamie McCammon, looking for answers.

"We're going to have electricity, we're going to have water," explained McCammon. "A lot of it is just kind of rumors."

According to state officials though, they're not all rumors.

"The company that runs the water and coolant have issued cut off notices," explained Blair.

Officials with Office of Management Enterprise Services say they've been told by Veolia Energy that the building's water may be shut off as early as this Thursday.

Though the FNC controversy continues, several state employees will soon get a fresh start, in a new building, with plenty of toilet paper.

The move will affect around 170 state employees.

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