By Molly M. Fleming
OKLAHOMA CITY - One of the biggest proponents for saving Stage Center will not appeal the Downtown Design Review Committee's vote to approve the application for demolition.
Melissa Hunt, executive director of the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter, said in a statement that while the organization still thinks the complex has tremendous architectural value, it will not appeal the decision.
The AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter also had the Tulsa chapter's support in trying to save the building. Also, the nonprofit Preservation Oklahoma posted a petition on change.org that received nearly 1,000 signatures by the time of the committee's meeting on Thursday morning.
Hunt said via email that she did not want to elaborate on why the group will let the decision stand.