Tulsa Club building to be auctioned at sheriff's sale
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
7/10/12 at 12:51 PM
After years of haggling with the owner of the Tulsa Club building over unpaid bills, the city of Tulsa filed papers Tuesday to put the historic building up for auction through a sheriff’s sale.
Assistant City Attorney Bob Edmiston said the decision to sell the building was made after two more potential buyers informed him that talks with the owner of the building, California businessman C.J. Morony, had broken down.
“So the desire to have a private sale, which would allow the city to work with the new owner for the reclamation of the building, has simply not been achieved,” Edmiston said.
The sale is scheduled for Aug. 28.
Once a favorite haunt for Tulsa’s movers and shakers, the 11-story building at 115 E. Fifth St. opened in 1925 to provide facilities for the Tulsa Club and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.
The building has been vacant since 1994 and was declared a nuisance in late 2007 after a rash of code violations.
It is now best known as a source of ire for the city, which first tried to get Morony to bring the structure to code.
When that effort failed, the city headed to court to collect unpaid remedial civil penalties and improvement district assessments.
With interest, Morony’s bill has now reached nearly $475,000.
Read more on this story in Wednesday's Tulsa World.
The rooftop the historic Tulsa Club building, at Fifth Street and Cincinnati Avenue, is charred from an overnight fire Oct. 15, 2010. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file