The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 30, 2012

Enid's downtown developments are encouraging


Enid News & Eagle

— Downtown Enid is booming, and it’s great to see.

The heart of the city went through some tough times, to be sure. Vacant storefronts abounded, but things sure have changed now.

There are a lot of businesses downtown, and plenty of restaurants.

Two big real estate moves will help keep the revival going.

One Grand Management, a partnership led by Wymer Brownlee President Aaron Brownlee, CEO Kyle Brownlee and founder Deane Wymer, recently purchased the old First National Bank building at 201 N. Grand from Harold Hamm at a cost of $1.5 million. Two outside investors also contributed to the deal.

The purchase will allow Wymer Brownlee to consolidate its Enid home office, which currently is split between the main office at 110 N. Independence and marketing and human resources offices at 122 W. Randolph.

Wymer Brownlee will move its home office into the ground floor and basement of One Grand Center, space that currently is unoccupied.

The building has 39,000 square feet of leasable space, including 21,000 square feet currently occupied by seven tenants and 13,000 square feet that will be renovated for Wymer Brownlee.

In another move, Triangle Insurance Co. has purchased the Continental Center South building at 205 W. Maple from Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources.

The 11-story, 73,000-square-foot building will be renamed Triangle Business Center and will allow for company expansion into the future. In the past 15 years, The Triangle Companies, of which Triangle Insurance is a member, has nearly tripled its employee count and has outgrown its current location at 2821 N. Van Buren.

Hiland Partners, which was housed in the building, has moved into the Continental Center North tower, and that building will be renamed.

It’s good to see two of downtown’s bigger buildings get new owners. This type of reinvestment in downtown will serve to bring more people to the area, which in turn will boost business opportunities.