The bulldozer arrived on the scene Tuesday, marking the end to a year-long legal battle over the right of Oklahoma State to seize a tiny ranch house through eminent domain. The home was the final piece of property needed for T. Boone Pickens' $316 million athletic village.
The home, owned by Kevin and Joel McCloskey, came down in about 10 minutes. Neither the brothers or their lawyer, Harlan Hentges, was present when the structure was destroyed.
"They didn't bother to call us until it was down," Hentges told the Tulsa Tribune. Notification came from a fax Hentges received from an Oklahoma State lawyer that said, "The house at 616 W. Connell was taken down earlier this afternoon."
The McCloskeys plan to continue their fight and plan to appeal their case to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The athletic village is expected to take seven years to complete with Pickens' donations and investments funding the project.