TULSA - A building that has stood vacant in the heart of downtown Tulsa for decades will soon become home to the city's latest upscale hotel.
County Commissioner Karen Keith, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and other dignitaries gathered Thursday afternoon to announce the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Downtown to stand at 201 S. Cheyenne.
The hotel will boast 134 rooms, meeting rooms, and other amenities, possibly including a pub in the basement, according to Paresh "Pete" Patel, President and CEO of Tulsa-based Promise Hotels.
"We would love to look at a pub concept in the basement," he told KRMG as he stood with our reporter on the second floor of the old Oil and Gas Journal building, which has stood empty for decades.
"I think it's been empty for 20 to 30 years," Patel said.
GH2 Hospitality Architects -- also based in Tulsa -- which designed the project, shared an architectural rendering.
They lost no time in pointing out what will be a highlight of the hotel -- a rooftop terrace, with a lovely view of the BOK Center.
When complete, the hotel, including the 7-story tower, will include 126,500 square feet of space, including about 15,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Construction will be spearheaded by yet another Tulsa company, The Ross Group.
As for the timetable, Patel said "we're hoping in about a year to break ground, and then typically, it's about an 18-month process after that. So, we're looking at sometime in 2016, hopefully early 2016 opening."