Oklahoma City's Downtown Design Review Committee with fewer than half of the members voting, approved the proposal for a new Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce building at E.K. Gaylord and Fourth Street, but requested variances for the many guidelines the building violates.
The design calls for a reflective-glass, oval-shaped building that will bisect a vacant plot at the site, which some had hoped might be partly used for a park.
Only three members voted for the project, with one abstaining, one not present, and two having recently resigned after being notified by the city they were possibly violating a state conflict-of-interest law.
The motion was carried by all three voting members, but with the stipulation that the chamber now go to the city's Board of Adjustment to seek permission to build outside the downtown guidelines.
Oklahoma Gazette's Sept. 24 print edition will feature more news on the project. "Ben FenwickMore Chamber building coverage:
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