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Chase Bank considers building new downtown branch

New branch could mean Chase name leaves landmark downtown tower.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 22, 2014
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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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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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