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First State Bank branch preparing to open its doors in Basehor

October 6, 2005

Builders and architects are putting the final touches on plans for a new First State Bank and Trust building in Basehor, a bank executive said.

"Basically, the design is finished and the final works are being completed," said Jilinda White, executive vice president for retail and marketing at the bank. She added, "We're just raring to serve our customers at this new location."

The new bank, a 5,500-square-foot building, will be at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 155th Street, inside the Pinehurst development.

Groundbreaking for the new bank office originally was scheduled for March, but was delayed so design changes could be integrated into the final plans.

White said dirt work on the project could begin this fall. If weather permits, construction could start this year. However, if progress is not made this year, at the latest, construction will commence in early 2006.

Construction will take about nine months to complete, White said.

The new bank will offer customers more flexibility and allow the bank to increase its customer base and employee roster.

"It's less constrictive," White said of the new bank's design.

First State Bank and Trust, 1106 N. 155th St. in Basehor, is based in Tonganoxie and also operates banks in Lawrence, Perry, Clearwater and Wichita.

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