Future Of OKC Historic Gold Dome Uncertain

Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 5:22 pm

There are new developments in efforts to save the Gold Dome.

Tuesday was the deadline for the building's new owner to apply for a demolition permit with the Urban Design Committee.

9/13/12 Related Story: OKC's Historic Gold Dome Sells At Auction For $880,000

David Box, who bought the building in September, says he did not file for that demolition permit. But he says don't make the mistake of thinking the Dome has been saved. For those who want to preserve it: It's time to step up.

The Historic Gold Dome has been an unmistakable icon on the corner of 23rd and Classen since 1958. It's on the National Register of Historic Places.

But for the last decade or so, it's also become a big headache for whoever owns it. And that seems to be the case for Box who bought the building for $800,000 at a foreclosure auction.

"I saw it had been advertised and it was a cool building and I bought it," said Box. "I thought there had to be something that would work, but I didn't realize all the problems with the building."

Box says he talked to nightclub owners, restaurant owners and other tenants to try to find something to do with the building. But so far, nothing.

"I don't intend on keeping it forever, but it's not my goal to put on my tombstone that I tore down the Gold Dome either," said Box. "We're just basically trying to get out of the deal, but we're going to sell it to someone who has a good cause and want's to save the dome. That's our goal."

Box says if anyone else has that same goal, he needs to hear from you.

"Don't look at this as the Dome has been saved. If somebody wants it to make it their corporate headquarters, if they have an idea. They had better come forward," Box said.

Box says he would sell the building, or partner with someone. He would even pay someone a hundred thousand dollars to take the Dome and put it somewhere else. He's taking all offers seriously all you have to do is call him.

Box applied for a demolition permit with the City but was denied because any changes to the building, including demolition, has to be approved by the Urban Design Committee.