Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cleaner Develoops Plans for Downtown Buildings

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cleaner Develoops Plans for Downtown Buildings

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Gus Gianos said he was considering semi-retirement in June.

Instead of relaxing, he said, he will now spend the time looking at buildings he owns which were damaged during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and attempting to rebuild.

Gianos owns the Kirkpatrick Hotel, 620 N. Robinson Ave., and a string of office rental properties on NW 6th St.

All of his properties were damaged as a result of the bombing.

The interior of the Kirkpatrick Hotel building was severely damaged by the blast, but its structure is intact and the building can be saved, he said.

However, it will have to be gutted and remodeled, said Gianos.

The Kirkpatrick building provided storefront space for businesses such as Pizza Town and La Ultra Nails Tanning Fashions. It also housed three financial companies: B F Finance Co., Signature Loans and Atlas Finance.

The former Scott Rice office building, 114 NW 6th St., will also have to be gutted and remodeled but is structurally sound, said Gianos.

Five of seven rental properties on NW 6th St., running from 118 NW 6th St. to 134 NW 6th St., will have to be torn down because they have collapsed in the rear.

Those rental properties, along with the space once occupied by Scott Rice, are on the south side of NW 6th St. between Broadway and Robinson Ave.

Ceilings in those buildings are collapsed, and Gianos said the state fire marshal has warned him the property is unsafe.

"There is nothing left," he said, "the fire marshal won't let us go in, and he warned us it's real dangerous. . .the walls could cave in on us."

Those properties housed six loan service companies which include: Ace Loan Service, Rayco Loan Service, Action Loan Service, ABC Loans, AAA Loan Service and Ideal Loan Service.

Also on the property were Downtown Office Machines and a karate studio.

In all, Gianos estimates a loss of about $120,000 to $130,000 worth of rent a year. …

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