“Unlimited Height” Approved for Proposed Tallest Skyscraper in US

The Oklahoma City Council has approved a rezoning application for Legends Tower, a supertall skyscraper designed by California architecture studio AO that, when completed, will be the tallest in the United States.

Yesterday, the Oklahoma City Council approved an “unrestricted” height for the skyscraper, part of the Boardwalk at Bricktown development, which includes three smaller structures.

Legends Tower
The Oklahoma City Council has implemented the rezoning

The decision comes after initial approval for the height came from the city’s planning commission in April. Yesterday’s decision marked the final approval hurdle for the tower.

The proposed plans for the skyscraper, put forward by AO and developer Matteson Capital, call for the skyscraper to be 581 meters tall, significantly taller than the current tallest structure – New York’s Freedom Tower, which stands 541 meters tall. ).

The project aims to “transform the city into a global destination”

If built, the tower will be the tallest in the US and the fifth tallest in the world.

“AO is pleased that the Oklahoma City Council has approved the development team’s request for unlimited height for the Boardwalk at Bricktown,” AO said.

“We are grateful that the City Council has embraced the vision of Matteson Capital and the entire design team to transform the city into a global destination.”

The original proposal was submitted earlier this year, with a height of 533 meters for the skyscraper. Shortly afterwards, the developer announced that it had changed the plans and was requesting permission from the municipality to build at the currently approved height.

In March, Matteson Capital owner Scot Matteson told a local newspaper that “the entire project” had already been financed and construction could begin as early as June.

Construction is scheduled for fall 2024

In the recent approval announcement, AO stated that construction is scheduled for fall 2024.

“AO and Matteson Capital eagerly await the start of construction on the first buildings this fall, and the subsequent groundbreaking for the Legends Tower, poised to become the tallest building in the U.S. Once completed, the impact of the Boardwalk will significant in Bricktown, palpably local in Oklahoma City and resonant around the world,” the studio said.

The skyscraper will dwarf any others in the area and has raised questions about the reasons for such a large structure in a city of less than a million people.

“Mid-sized cities like OKC are better positioned than ever before to create an attractive environment for those who are up for grabs or burned out in yesterday’s metropolis,” wrote Ryan Scavnicky for Dezeen, questioning the implementation of the tower. to address this trend away from the country’s traditional urban cores.

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