OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Journal Record building, which stood empty and exposed for two years after the Oklahoma City bombing, opened Tuesday after a three-year restoration project.
The building, across the street from where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building once was, is on the grounds of a memorial dedicated to the 168 people who died in the April 19, 1995, bombing.
The six-story building built in 1923 has been restored with new common areas, restrooms, elevators and an entrance with marble floors.
``The restoration of the Journal Record building is more than just the reopening of another building for the citizens of Oklahoma City,'' Mayor Kirk Humphreys said.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial Center uses about one-third of the building. The rest is available for office space.
The $12.5 million restoration project was funded with a federal allocation to the area devastated by the bombing.
The Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust will handle the building's leases.
At the time of the bombing, the building housed the Journal Record newspaper. The newspaper moved to a new location after the bombing.