50 Penn Place

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50 Penn Place
LocationOklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Opening date1973
OwnerIn-Rel Properties
Total retail floor area185,000-square-foot (17,200 m2)
No. of floors16
Website50PennPlace.info

50 Penn Place is an upscale mixed-use complex in the inner Northwest part of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The galleria-style shopping mall and tower is located at 1900 Northwest Expressway in the Penn Square trade area immediately at I-44 and Northwest Expressway, across from Penn Square Mall near the exclusive suburb of Nichols Hills.

The complex consists of a 16-storey office tower, upscale retail shops on 3 levels 185,000-square-foot (17,200 m2), and a parking structure.[1]

Midland Oak Realty purchased the building from MBL Life Assurance for $15 million in 1997.[2] The complex was later owned by a Dallas-based capital management company, which bought the building for $25.7 million in 2004, along with 25 tenants-in-common. A planned sale fell through in 2008.[3] In March 2011, In-Rel Properties based in Lake Worth, Florida purchased the building for $15.25 million and invested over $1 million in renovations.[4]

History[edit]

The complex was built in 1973 by C.W. Cameron, founder of American Fidelity.[2] For the next twenty years it was a landmark due to four red piggy bank signs (One on all four sides of the Elevator tower on top of the building.) with a big "S" in the center, belonging to Sooner Federal Savings and Loan who had their home offices in the Building at the time. It was also formerly home to a couple of Oklahoma locally owned chain of high end retail stores such as Balliets a women's boutique and the flagship store of Orbach's which closed in 1990. Although not currently anchored by a major retailer, 50 Penn Place still has upscale shops and restaurants, a brewpub, independent bookstore, the 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, and various office tenants including LexisNexis. In recent years, the retail portion of the complex has lost the majority of its tenants to other nearby shopping venues, such as Penn Square Mall right across the street, and Classen Curve a newly built modern upscale shopping center in Nichols Hills. Because of this, 50 Penn Place is no longer seen by locals as an upscale shopping destination. However, several upscale tenants still remain, and former retail space is being leased to other tenants, such as ITT Technical Institute. In March 2011, In-Rel Properties purchased the building for $15.25 million and invested over $1 million in renovations. [1]

50 Penn Place is pictured in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman.
The ground floor entrance to the retail portion of the mall.
Another interior shot of the mall.
The interior of the mall.
The fountain inside the office tower of 50 Penn Place, Oklahoma City, OK.

Tenants[edit]

    Radio Stations:
    * KBRU-FM (94.7) - Classic Rock (94.7 The Brew)
    * KGHM-AM (1340) - Sports/Sports talk (Fox Sports Radio)
    * KJYO-FM (102.7) - Top 40 Rock (Also known as KJ-103)
    * KTOK-AM (1000) - News Radio 1000 KTOK (News/Talk)
    * KTST-FM (101.9) - The Newest Country Hits (101-9 The Twister)
    * KXXY-FM (96.1) - Classic Country (96.1 KXY)
    * 98.5 El Patron (98.5) KBRU HD2 - Regional Mexican (98.5 El Patron) 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Mize (2008-01-18). "50 Penn Place to be sold to California investors". Daily Oklahoman.
  2. ^ a b Emily Graham (2007-10-03). "Building's new owners plan series of upgrades". Journal Record.
  3. ^ Richard Mize (2008-02-29). "Court catches 50 Penn Place deal". Daily Oklahoman.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2013-07-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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