Archive for Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Community National Bank establishes temporary site

April 3, 2002

A temporary building for Community National Bank should be ready for business in the next three to four weeks, said Debbie Breuer, manager of the Basehor branch.

The bank will be located near the shopping center at 155th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40.

Breuer and her husband Dennis, Tonganoxie residents, own the shopping center land and the bank property was bought from the couple.

Construction on the bank and its parking lot began this week.

For now, the bank will use a mobile unit until a permanent structure is built.

The mobile unit will be outfitted with an automatic teller machine and drive-up window, Breuer said.

Basehor city officials said the bank has submitted an application for a temporary building permit, and it should be reviewed and approved in the coming weeks.

Under the guidelines of the temporary building permit, the bank would be allowed to use the mobile unit for 18 months, Basehor city officials said.

Breuer said the temporary building should be placed at ground level in the next several weeks.

According to city codes, the bank's permanent building must be located at the same site as the temporary building, city officials said.

Although there are currently two financial institutions near the Community National Bank site, Breuer said the bank should have no problem attracting area customers.

"Competition is good, it's healthy," Breuer said.

"Buildings don't attract customers, customer service attracts customers," she added.

Breuer said she expected the bank's clientele would come from areas such as Basehor, Leavenworth County and some from Wyandotte County.

Kathy Bontrager, president of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, said chamber members were happy to see a new business in Basehor.

"Obviously we always welcome new business to town," Bontrager said.

Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper said plans have been submitted for the bank's parking lot.

The parking lot plan takes into account the entire area shopping center, not only the area adjacent to the bank.

Upon completion, the parking lot will have approximately 140 stalls with 10 more available when the bank's temporary building is removed.

Community National Bank is based in Seneca and has a branch office in Tonganoxie.

The shopping center was damaged by fire Dec. 15, causing an estimated $1 million in damages to the building and its contents.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the fire was set deliberately.

The shopping center owners plan on rebuilding the center and fixing the parking lot is part of the renovations.

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