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Lincoln Plaza renewal continues

The former Lincoln Plaza office park, center, and the former Lincoln Plaza hotel are being converted into apartments and retail. [DAVE MORRIS/THE OKLAHOMAN]
The former Lincoln Plaza office park, center, and the former Lincoln Plaza hotel are being converted into apartments and retail. [DAVE MORRIS/THE OKLAHOMAN]

Crews have removed graffiti, brush, debris and broken windows at Lincoln Plaza as construction continues to convert the former hotel and office park into a mix of housing, offices and retail.

Lincoln Plaza, once a political power center, was later abandoned and picked apart by vandals, but is now being redeveloped by Richard Tanenbaum.

The Forum at Lincoln Plaza at 4545 N Lincoln will feature 310 apartments, offices and retail.

When Lincoln Plaza opened in 1967, it consisted of a three-story hotel with a dinner theater, ballrooms and meeting rooms, a connected six-story hotel and a sprawling two-story office complex with underground parking.

Tanenbaum first did a deal with the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority for the east half of the former Lincoln Plaza hotel. He removed the mid-century modern façade from the three-story building and expanded it outward for the agency. The six-story west hotel building stayed empty, and in 2016 Tanenbaum purchased the then separately-owned office complex on the far west part of the complex in an online auction.

Capstone Construction started work late last year. The apartment conversion will take place with both the six-story former hotel and the office complex, while a smaller 5,000-square-foot building north of the complex will be redeveloped as office space.

The office complex, being renamed “The Block,” will transform two large 90-foot by 90-foot courtyard openings that previously appeared to have no purpose other than to bring in daylight to the interior facing offices. Those openings will be transformed with landscaped terraces, seating and gathering space.

The courtyard and terraced spaces in The Block will be set up for regular programming, including concerts, outdoor movies, catering and various gatherings. A pool and courtyard, meanwhile, are being rebuilt to the west of the six-story building.

The lobby of the six-story building will be home to a fitness center, collaborative workspace, a Starbucks Coffee station, hospitality market and a free breakfast buffet for residents on weekdays.

Outdoor amenities, meanwhile, will include tennis and sport courts and a dog park.

The Forum at Lincoln Plaza is set to open in 2021.

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 ›