Historic downtown building to be demolished

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City councilman’s last-ditch effort to save a historic downtown building from being demolished falls short.

Earlier this month the Downtown Design Review Committee voted to tear down nine buildings along Main and Sheridan to clear the way for a new 27 story office tower.

Councilman Shadid wants the city council to have the city attorney  fight the demolition of the Union Bus Station.

That was the only building of the 9 buildings that city planners opposed tearing down.

This week the city council voted not to appeal the demolition of the bus station, or the other eight buildings.

Preservation Oklahoma released a statement saying they were disappointed in the decision.

Preservation Oklahoma is deeply disappointed in the committee’s decision as it effectively eliminates the last remaining intact segment of Oklahoma City’s historic Main Street.  The block had been determined to be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district for its significance to early Oklahoma City commercial development.  Most of the buildings poised for demolition were considered contributing resources to the district and the Union Bus Station had been determined eligible for individual listing on the National Register.

The bus station opened in 1941.

Developers say the station has simply outlived its useful life.

Preservation Oklahoma says they will not appeal the decision.



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