Oklahoma City to demolish about 20 buildings for MAPS 3 convention center
Oklahoma City hopes to tear down two crumbling downtown buildings that are more than a century old this summer, the first of about 20 structures that must be bulldozed to make way for the new MAPS 3 convention center.
The Oklahoma City Downtown Design Review Committee is set to review applications by the city on Thursday to tear down the old International Harvester Co. building at 530 S Broadway and the Oklahoma Spring Bed Manufacturing building at 712 S Broadway.
Nobody has so far raised any objections to the buildings being demolished, said David Todd, MAPS 3 program manager.
“Both are in very poor condition and there's been nobody come forward to express concerns about saving the buildings,” Todd said.
Built in 1913, the five-story brick International Harvester building most recently served as the set of a haunted house-type attraction called The Sanctuary. The building originally housed local offices for International Harvester, once a leading manufacturer of tractors and other farm equipment.
Lisa Chronister, planner for Oklahoma City, said the building does have some historical significance, but it's mostly specific to the International Harvester company.
The windows have been boarded up and the brick building is covered with graffiti.