Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bank building to house real estate agency

January 17, 2007

The First State Bank and Trust building on the north side of U.S. Highway 24-40 soon will have new occupants.

Steve Rosenthal, branch manager of Reece and Nichols, said he purchased the First State Bank building back in May and plans to move his real estate operation to the bank building in the next few months.

"I contacted them when they (First State Bank and Trust) were in the market," he said. "A good highway location was my desire."

Before Rosenthal can move in, though, First State Bank and Trust will move its operations to a location that is more visible to its customers -- the southwest corner of 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. The bank broke ground on a new building last April and officials hope to be up and running in the new location this spring.

Rosenthal said his real estate firm's move-in date will depend on when the new bank building is complete. He said he's shooting for April 1. He's also planning for at least 30 days of remodeling to turn the current bank drive-through area into 1,200 square feet of office space.

"We'll move in when the bank moves out and we get our remodeling done," he said.

The bank's community room, which is used by local residents for meetings and activities, will continue to be available to the public after Reece and Nichols moves in, Rosenthal said.

Right now, he said he is looking to sell or rent the soon-to-be former Reece and Nichols building at 2706 N. 155th St.

"We're looking forward to the move," Rosenthal said. "We'll probably be looking for more real estate agents with the growth that's coming around Basehor, but we're already a full-service real estate agency."

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