FIRST NATIONAL CENTER
For $23 million, local developers Gary Brooks and his partner Charlie Nicholas became owners of a part of Oklahoma City history, and began to realize and implement their vision to honor the past and put the spaces back to use.
The First National Center is going to be a mix of a 149-room hotel, 210 apartments, two restaurants and 35,000 square feet of retail, commercial and event space. Residents will enjoy spectacular amenities such as a concierge, rooftop pool and dog-park, outdoor kitchens and a theater. The Great Hall on the second floor will be restored to its former elegance and open for public use, serving as a hotel lobby and a museum.
Funding for the project is a mix of private and public funding, such as tax increment financing and historic tax credits, to help make renovation possible.