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The First National Center is an iconic, Art Deco skyscraper in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. But the majestic and historic jewel was built using materials that don't pass muster today.

"Even for someone like me who has done a pretty sophisticated remediation project, it was nothing compared to First National," said developer Gary Brooks, who is leading a $200 million renovation of of our local skyline's most cherished building.

Remediation and mitigation of asbestos and lead-based paint is required to transform the once-declining skyscraper into the home of a full-service upscale hotel, urban apartments, new restaurants and modern retail spaces.

The City's experts in brownfields have helped manage the assessment and cleanup plans for First National Center, including through administering a $1.8 million low-interest loan for remediation.

"The City basically acts as our consultant to help us maneuver through this maze, because this is complicated," said Brooks. "The City had prior experience with the building, which helped."