Plans for the new tallest building in America are underway in odd location
Author: Patrick Reilly – New York Post
Source: News Corp Australia Network:
January 24, 2024 at 15:04
Plans are underway to build a skyscraper taller than anything in New York City – and it’s going to stick out like a sore thumb in this small town.
Plans to build the tallest skyscraper in the United States are shaping up in an unlikely metropolis: Oklahoma City.
Developers at a real estate company are adjusting the already ambitious plans to construct the Boardwalk at Bricktown Tower by a couple of hundred metres to make the building reach 581m high — which would make it the tallest in the country, the Oklahoma City Free Press reported.
“The symbolic height (1907 feet) honours the year that Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state of the United States,” Matteson Capital said in a statement.
The firm’s initial application had the tallest of the building’s four towers reaching 1,750 feet, which would have made it the second-tallest building in the country behind Manhattan’s Freedom Tower.
Matteson Capital said Monday it intends to request a variance from the city’s zoning board to construct the mammoth project. If approved, the structure would be the fifth-tallest in the world.
Plans for the structure call for three towers, each about 100m tall, and a fourth tower jutting way further into the sky, dominating Oklahoma City’s otherwise unremarkable skyline.
The mixed-use project spans almost 50 hectares. Plans include 1776 residential units, two Hyatt hotels, condos, and huge expanses of commercial and community use space.
The top floors of the supertall tower will have a restaurant, a bar and an observation deck, according to Matteson Capital.
However, city officials told the Oklahoma City Free Press that the company would need city officials to rezone the property instead of simply requesting a variance.
Oklahoma City, home to some 680,000 people at the 2020 Census, is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, jumping to the country’s 20th-most populous city last year.
Known for its cowboy culture, the city is also home to the NBA’s Thunder, the team Australian basketball star Josh Giddey plays for.
This article was originally published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission