Oral Roberts University has won a $32 million, 20-year contract to lease office space to the federal government in its CityPlex Towers at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue.
Under the contract, ORU will provide 86,500 square feet of office space and 60 parking places.
The lease agreement will begin when the space is prepared for occupancy, which is expected by next summer, said Tina Jaegerman, public affairs officer for the U.S. General Services Administration.
The GSA’s Public Building Service leases space for federal agencies in privately owned buildings when no suitable space is available in government-owned buildings.
Jaegerman said she could not provide any information about what federal agency or agencies will use the space.
Ossie Mills, vice president of communications and marketing at ORU, said that “as a matter of practice, we do not and cannot comment on actual or prospective lease terms, solicitations or negotiations.”
ORU has leased space to private businesses in CityPlex Towers for many years.
One of Tulsa’s tallest buildings, the facility has 2.2 million square feet of office space in three towers — 20, 30 and 60 stories — on a four-story base.
The CityPlex Towers website calls the recently remodeled complex the state’s largest office center.
CityPlex Towers was built by Oral Roberts from 1979 to 1981 as the City of Faith Medical and Research Center, which was intended to be a major medical facility dedicated to bringing together modern medicine and the healing power of prayer.
The facility was controversial from the beginning, meeting opposition from Oklahoma health officials who said it was not needed, and financial struggles.
The City of Faith opened in 1981.
Roberts’ prediction that it would bring patients from around the country was not realized. By 1988, it had lost $60 million providing patient care, according to news reports at that time.
It closed in the fall of 1989.
Bill Sherman 918-581-8398
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