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Oklahoma City planner objects to chamber building plan

By Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 17, 2008
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A staff report issued this week to the Downtown Design Review Committee recommends they deny approval of renderings for a proposed new headquarters for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

The report, authored by assistant city planner Scottye Montgomery, acknowledges the triangular site at NW 4 and Broadway is "oddly configured, which may make this (design) regulation difficult to meet.”

Montgomery also advised committee members the project attempts to preserve sight lines to the neighboring E.K. Gaylord Building (former home of The Oklahoman), which she said is a valid consideration but is not one that is recognized by the downtown zoning ordinance.

Montgomery also wrote the building's 240-foot-high glass curtain walls conflict with the requirements that downtown building facades include "vertical breaks.” She advised a proposed digital sign at the entrance also violates city zoning.

"The project is not in context with the surrounding area in that it does not provide any unifying elements such as similar building materials, fenestration patterns, vertical character or siting,” Montgomery wrote.

‘Very unique downtown site'
Roy Williams, chamber president, declined an interview but released the following statement:

"On Thursday, September 18, Oklahoma City's Downtown Design Review Committee will consider the Chamber's proposed development at NW 4 and Broadway.

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A city planning staff report recommends the Downtown Design Review Committee deny approval of plans for a new Greater Oklahoma City Chamber headquarters because of the building's setback from the street. Provided By The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

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