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HangryHippo
07-08-2013, 08:04 AM
Does anyone know what's going on at this building? Driving down Boyd St. this weekend, I noticed this building now has a chain-link fence around it and there's a sign up for Brent Swift Design Build. I checked out his website though and couldn't find anything. Anyone here know the plan?

Here's the building I'm talking about - http://goo.gl/uyJMv

HangryHippo
07-08-2013, 08:06 AM
Nevermind, found a Facebook page and they're doing a historic renovation. Very glad to hear that because I love this building!

Pete
07-08-2013, 08:07 AM
Yes, Brent Swift Design posted on Facebook they have purchased the building and intend to remodel it.

They do absolutely fantastic work, so this is exciting news.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brent-Swift-Design-Build/114189231950651?fref=ts

MsProudSooner
07-08-2013, 11:45 AM
What type of building will it be when it's fully renovated?

HangryHippo
07-08-2013, 12:33 PM
I haven't been able to find anything regarding its new purpose. I'd guess housing since that seems to be a lot of what Brent's other projects have been, but maybe Pete knows for sure.

blangtang
07-09-2013, 09:57 PM
I haven't been able to find anything regarding its new purpose. I'd guess housing since that seems to be a lot of what Brent's other projects have been, but maybe Pete knows for sure.

wow! I see $2M credit line on this, not sure if that includes the purchase price, but that's plenty of $ to make for a nice remodel.

I'm surprised OU sold that building to him, seems they could have turned it into a faculty in residence/mini-hotel/student housing/etc.

parking could be an issue for whatever use, and I wonder if the Chautauqua Historic District will incorporate it into their fold-they sure love to nose around in people's business in this neighborhood.

great campus location nonetheless. and there's another building very similar caddy corner across Boyd that is currently used for storing costumes and other stuff. it could be next...

BG918
07-09-2013, 10:09 PM
Brent Swift does great work in Norman, mostly renovating old houses but has recently branched out into doing downtown loft apartments and commercial space in a rehabbed building along Porter. Glad to see him tackling larger projects and this will be a nice improvement.

Spartan
07-11-2013, 09:58 AM
wow! I see $2M credit line on this, not sure if that includes the purchase price, but that's plenty of $ to make for a nice remodel.

I'm surprised OU sold that building to him, seems they could have turned it into a faculty in residence/mini-hotel/student housing/etc.

parking could be an issue for whatever use, and I wonder if the Chautauqua Historic District will incorporate it into their fold-they sure love to nose around in people's business in this neighborhood.

great campus location nonetheless. and there's another building very similar caddy corner across Boyd that is currently used for storing costumes and other stuff. it could be next...

Probably includes purchase...

blangtang
01-04-2014, 11:30 PM
A little more info, saw the Chouse across the street recently changed hands as well...

November 9, 2013
Swift breathes new life into historic Logan Apartments

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Brent Swift glances up at the three-story brickwork on the Boyd Street side of the Logan Apartments and notices yet another detail put in there by master masons 84 years ago.

It’s a simple 45 degree angle cut in a row of blonde bricks, below a third-floor keystone. Behind the thick walls, a platoon of construction workers is busy hanging sheetrock, refinishing windows and caulking ceilings.

They are ever mindful of the building’s history. Hundreds of OU students have passed through there since David Logan built it in 1929. The university sold it to Swift in 2012 with a pledge from him to restore the building and reopen it.

“I’m much more comfortable in an old building than a new place. You can build those in your sleep. These things take a whole different process,” says Swift, a one-time television journalist who began rehabbing buildings here nearly two decades ago. “Every night I lay awake and think of things I can do here.”

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The University acquired the stately building on the corner of Lahoma and Boyd Streets in 1945. Returning soldiers needed housing. Some were married and dorms didn’t much cater to married students. Annie Logan, David Logan’s mother, managed the building until 1951. The maintnenace and upkeep became too much and OU opted to sell the building.

Swift paid $301,000 for the building. He will spend many multiples of the purchase price turning what once was about 30 units to four, two-bedroom apartments and four, one-bedroom apartments.

He is working with Butzer Gardner Architects in Oklahoma City and the state historic preservation office to get the project listed on a national registry of historic sites. That designation will be a first for Swift who has done dozens of projects in the Norman area.

His target tenant audience when it opens in the summer of 2014 are faculty and staff who want to be within a five-minute walk or a two-minute bike ride to campus. It will be upscale in a way few students can afford.

“The idea that we can do something for the university and restore something at the same time is pretty cool,” Swift said.

Swift breathes new life into historic Logan Apartments Columns The Norman Transcript (http://www.normantranscript.com/columns/x1909762445/Swift-breathes-new-life-into-historic-Logan-Apartments)

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301K for a 16,000 sq ft building, in the heart of campus...i had heard rumors this was a deal in the works in summer of 2010...

OU is a net buyer of campus property, which makes it real interesting

wonder what kind of bribe he paid...

Pete
01-31-2014, 06:46 PM
Per Facebook, they are now pre-leasing:


Now pre-leasing in the Historic Logan Building, with beautiful views of the University of Oklahoma campus and walking distance to the shops and restaurants on Campus Corner. These apartments will be finished in a modern luxury design with black walnut cabinets, Caesarstone countertops, Miele appliances, and Koehler bathroom fixtures. The one bedroom apartments are 1,100 square feet and the two bedrooms are 2,200 square feet. There are only two one bedroom and two two bedroom apartments left, Call Brent Swift Design Build today!

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