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Griffin Communications, News 9 staff move downtown

This rendering shows exterior renovation plans for the building at the corner of Sheridan and Robinson Avenues that will become the headquarters of Griffin Communications and house its News 9 television station this fall. (Courtesy of Griffin Communications)

OKLAHOMA CITY — As the renovation of the old Century Center nears completion, Griffin Communications staff are preparing to move into their new downtown location during the first half of October.

Chairman and CEO David Griffin said News 9’s first broadcast from the building – renamed 100 West Main – is scheduled for the Sunday after the Nov. 8 election.

The company leaves behind the building at 7401 N. Kelley Ave., which has housed News 9 for 70 years. An announcement on the future of this location is expected soon.

“This is a great decision for our company, our people and our community,” Griffin said. “Being at the heart of our community – especially a community that’s really growing – we can bring what’s happening downtown into our viewers’ living rooms.”

The prominent location at the corner of Sheridan and Robinson Avenues is close to Myriad Gardens, Paycom Center, Oklahoma City Convention Center, Prairie Surf Studios, Bricktown and more, it said. he declares.

Interior construction is nearing completion and installation of furniture and electronic equipment began this week. Griffin said 90% of the equipment is new.

The news set alone comprises 83 monitors and three studios, compared to one studio currently, he said.

Griffin Communications closed the building last August for $16.1 million. The total cost of the project with renovations and equipment is about $30 million, Griffin said.

The company received $2.7 million in additional tax incentives to move its headquarters and television station downtown.

The move will bring 225 jobs downtown, with an average annual salary of about $100,000, Griffin said. The new helicopter and pilot will be based at Sundance Airport near NW 122nd Street and Sara Road.

The exterior renovation was approved by the city’s downtown design review board on Thursday. It will include a 20-by-40-foot south-facing video board and a 400-square-foot sign with the “9” etched into a west-facing wire mesh.

The update also includes improvements to tenant spaces and enhanced security measures.

Tenants understand Oklahoma newspaper, which moved into the building in 2015; the Oklahoma Watch nonprofit news organization; and the Oklahoma Media Center, a collaboration of print, digital and broadcast newsrooms working cooperatively to cover pressing issues.

Other tenants are Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Café de L’Asie, a branch of the YMCA and SSM Heath Medical Group.

The Century Center was built in the 1970s, devastated by the oil crisis of the 1980s, and spent several years nearly vacant until an investment group bought the property and renovated it nearly a decade ago. year.

Griffin Communication’s holdings also include several radio and television properties in the Tulsa area.