Owasso Officials Agree to Purchase Former Bank Headquarters
Owasso city officials have taken another step this week in the process of moving into a former bank headquarters building.
During a meeting Tuesday night, members approved a $1.6 million contract to buy the former First Bank of Owasso headquarters building. Their plan is to convert the building located on 76th Street North into a city hall complex.
According to a report from Tulsa's Channel 8's community newspaper partner, the Owasso Reporter, the scope of the overall project is to move city hall functions into the old First Bank headquarters after renovating it, and also renovate the current city hall/police station building to provide much-needed additional space for the police department.
The contract decision came in a contested 3-2 city council vote Tuesday night, Aug. 20. Doug Bonebrake, Jeri Moberly and Chris Kelley voted for the contract, while Patrick Ross and Charlie Brown voted against it.
Ross, in a council work session a week ago, protested his dissatisfaction with an asbestos inspection that had been done on the former bank building. Ross said he didn't want to see the city burdened later with high remedial costs, if asbestos were to be found in the building at some point.
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