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Oklahoma City school district makes bid on bank building to house offices

The former Central National Bank building at 615 N Classen is being considered as the new home for the Oklahoma City Public Schools administrative offices.
Oklahoman Modified: March 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014

The building was built in 1978 as Central National Bank’s original longtime downtown home. It was targeted for acquisition and demolition as part of the Urban Renewal Pei Plan. The bank was acquired and turned into a branch by BancOne. The bank closed by the early 2000s, and the property was then sold in 2005 to a partnership led by developer Chip Fudge.

Fudge sold the building a year later but his Claims Management Resources company remained a tenant until it moved to Film Row in 2013. Fudge said the building is in good shape and has ample attached surface parking.

Karl Springer, the former superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, previously sought to acquire the old Central High School, 800 N Harvey. Oklahoma City University out-bid the city school system and is converting the landmark into a new home for its law school.

Oklahoma City Public Schools administrators say their current location, a former middle school at NW 8 and Klein, is in disrepair and would be too expensive to fix and bring up to modern standards.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 Metropolitan...
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From the reviews we’ve gotten so far, it looks like it has good bones and would lend itself to the open office arrangement we’re looking for.”

Dave Lopez,
Interim schools superintendent


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