Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Plans Made to Re-Open Hotel at Will Rogers Airport

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Plans Made to Re-Open Hotel at Will Rogers Airport

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Visitors to Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport may once again have an on-site hotel, if the Oklahoma City Airport Trust can sift out differences of two proposals received for that facility.

The hotel property is owned by the airport trust.

In an unusually long discussion on the need to reopen the hotel, which has been virutally vacant for nearly three years and unused for almost a year, the trust postponed until Aug. 30 a decision on a lease agreement.

OKC West Inc. of Oklahoma City proposes to make all necessary repairs to the building to bring it up to standards of Days Inn, a hotel chain which has granted a franchise to the corporation. If roof and parking lot repairs were to begin immediately, the hotel could be reopened by November, according to Robert Patuto, president of R&L Associates, which has a management contract for the hotel.

However, the trust voted unanimously to defer a decision after an attorney for Jack Brotten of Tulsa submitted a proposed lease agreement calling for Brotten to operate the hotel as an individual without a franchise.

Brotten was one of the principals in Pentagon Corp. which signed an agreement with the Airport Trust in May 1989 to operate the hotel during Olympic Festival '89. However, he later rescinded the agreement.

Cause for the delay, City Manager Paula Hearn said, was to give Brotten time to develop a definitive lease agreement and present it to the trust.

Trustees also approved a bond issue to cover construction of the $6.9 million U.S. Marshals Service air operations building at Will Rogers World Airport. Date of the sale was not determined, but trustees passed two resolutions, setting tentative dates for Sept. 12 and Sept. 19.

Reason for this is the volatile bond market, according to Airport Director Leroy Hansen. …

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