By John Coffelt, staff writer
First National Bank is working on an extensive remodel of the downtown location, just off the square on E. High Street.
“This keeps our presence in the downtown area where First National Bank originated and always been,” said FNB Community President Brent Parsley. “The bank has been at this location for over forty years. It was high time to bring it to an updated status.”
Customers can already see the addition of a pitched roof to cover a problematic flat roof that aims to give the building a more traditional look.
“It came to the point where (in addition to the leaks over the years) our air conditioners, all located on the roof were no longer working properly,” said Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Carla Clay.
“It was time for an update to a building that was built in 1972,” she said.
New bi- and tri-pane windows will had to the building’s energy efficiency.
Parsley added that the complete remodel will include interior office and lobby changes, a new coffee bar waiting area and new teller lines.
Customers and employees will no longer have to take the stairs once the elevator is completed. The original 1972 construction included an elevator shaft, but currently the bank lacks the elevator.
“We hope the new look will go with the square and show our commitment to stay on the square,” Parsley said. “We could have looked at other locations to build. But we are in a structurally sound building, so it made since to remodel.”
The bank estimates the project will be complete in the summer of 2016. Exterior work will be finished before the interior remodel begins.
Construction has been planned with the least inconvenience to customers.
“We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience with the construction,” Parsley said.
“People can look on our Facebook page to see if something will be closed,” Parsley said, reminding customers of the branch on Hillsboro Boulevard.
“In light of all of the improvements on the square, we’re proud to be part of that.”
Clay noted that the original FNB opened Sept. 1, 1900 on the square.
“One hundred and fifteen years later we’re remodeling and still are on the square,” Parsley said.