Sunday, February 8, 2009

Iconic Norman building to close

One of Norman's largest buildings is now shutting down operations in light of structural concerns.
The six-story Financial Building, located at 111 N. Peters Avenues downtown, will be evacuated pending possible repairs that must be made.
The City of Norman issued a release in which building inspector, Patrick Copeland, said owners of all floors have made plans to vacate the building or have already left. The release also noted that owners of The Vista, a restaurant/bar in the building, said they will close their floors next week.
OU Sophomore, Jeff Lewin said he is most upset about the loss of The Vista.
"That was one of my favorite places to eat," Lewin said. "I will have to find another go-to eatery, I guess."
Norman city officials have contacted services from a firm in Oklahoma city in order to evaluate the building's effect on surrounding buildings. Efforts to restore the building are already underway.

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