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HOUSTON-The city’s downtown is getting some new greenspace, with Chase Bank’s plans to turn a 5,000-sf plot at Milam and Capitol into a park.

The treed park will include benches and a fountain. It is planned to provide a gathering place for bank employees while making the downtown a more peaceful place by passers-by, according to Chase’s David Byford. “The reason we’re doing this,” Byford told GlobeSt.com, “is that Chase has been part of downtown for 130 years, and this is our way of giving back and adding to the beauty of downtown area.”

The bank’s concern for the amenities has been recently demonstrated in other ways. It has, for example, established an employee child-care center in its Houston Club Building, next to the park. Storefront tenants include Antone’s and Hunan Downtown restaurants. Meanwhile, the bank is converting a former Texas Club into office space atop the 20-story Chase Center.

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