Concordia Bank one step closer to new Odessa location

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The property at 325 S. Second Street and its neighboring vacant lot to the north is the potential home for a Concordia Bank branch, in Odessa, if a zoning change is approved by the Odessa Board of Aldermen. (Photo via Google Street View®)

In May, representatives from Concordia Bank, which included Brent Teichman, attorney, and Corey Hall, senior vice president, met with the Odessa Planning and Zoning Commission regarding properties at the corner of Second and Orchard streets, in Odessa. The bank was seeking the properties to be rezoned from residential to commercial.

At the July 16 commission meeting, Concordia Bank made it one step closer to having their request approved. A banking window is currently located within Patricia's Cost-Plus Foods, in Odessa, and a zoning change would mean the bank could build a full-service bank.

The commission has held several workshops regarding a Commercial-Residential Transition (CRT) zone, which would include the two lots owned by Concordia Bank. However, those properties received approval as C-1 commercial, rather than CRT, and lay within the proposed CRT area. In the public notice, it was originally listed as C-2. At the meeting, according to reporting from The Odessan, Teichman informed the commission the bank never intended to seek a C-2 designation, and noted commission members weren't recommending a new public notice to change its language.

C-1 is a lower-traffic zoning and requires more distance between the building and the curb, when compared with C-2.

The rezone was approved 5-1, with member Ruth Beamer voting against. In an email, she explained her no vote was due to the lots being spot zoned -- areas which are not matching the same zoning of the entire area, such as the CRT. Spot zoning is something the commission had vowed to never do again, according to Beamer.

If the recommended rezone by the commission is approved by the Odessa Board of Aldermen at its Aug. 10 meeting, construction can start almost right away, according to Hall.

"We've managed a hurdle, and we have one more to go. If we get approval, we would like to get started as soon as possible (on construction)," he said.

The plan for the Odessa branch is similar to the branch in Laurie -- 2,200-square feet, two drive- through lanes, with the possible expansion to three, a banking lobby and an ATM. The exterior will have the appearance of a log cabin with yellow siding.

The planning and zoning commission will hold another workshop relating to the CRT Thursday, Aug. 13. The CRT includes lots 1-8 and 11-19, block 3, of the Patterson Smith Addition, in Odessa. The lots approved as C-1 for Concordia Bank are lots 9 and 10, block 3, of the Patterson Smith Addition.

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  • This was my childhood home, hearing this makes me very sad..

    -- Posted by angliz on Mon, Nov 16, 2015, at 9:00 PM
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