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First Look at Plans for Redeveloped Pioneer Building

Plans are advancing for redeveloping of one of downtown's most under-appreciated historic gems, the Pioneer Building at 401 N Broadway. The property, which sold to Mark Beffort and Andy Burnett earlier this year, is set to have a restaurant or retail tenant on the first floor with offices on the remaining sixt stories.

The seven-story, 40,000-square-foot gray limestone building was constructed in 1907 as the headquarters of the Pioneer Telephone Co., the first company to gain full control of phone service in early day Oklahoma City.

The building was sold by AT&T after years of dormancy. The most visible improvement to the building will be the removal of blue-black granite that replaced storefront windows at street level in 1974. The attached renderings were submitted by architect Jeremy Gardner.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›