Chase Bank’s name may soon disappear from the top of Cotter Ranch Tower as the bank considers building a new downtown branch at E.K. Gaylord and Dean A. McGee.
For years, a 1,014-square-foot, one-story building at E.K. Gaylord and Dean A. McGee has stood as a reminder of what was one of downtown’s largest banks — Liberty Bank & Trust Co. Cotter Ranch Tower was once the home of Liberty Bank, and the smaller building was designed as a downsized version of the 1971 tower.
Liberty vanished through a series of bank acquisitions, its remnants now a part of Chase Bank’s much smaller downtown branch. Matthew Cragun, an engineer with Cumulus Design, presented designs for the new branch that he admitted are far different from what the bank originally submitted to the city for consideration a month ago.
The application had a prototype suburban bank branch Chase builds across the country — a design Cragun admitted did not match up with Oklahoma City’s downtown design ordinance. The new proposal is still one story – below the ordinance’s two-story minimum requirement — but now has a flat roof and more urban design.
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