CROWN POINT | A winter opening is now targeted for the downtown Centier bank being built next door to its current location.
"We hope to be able to move in staff in mid-January," senior partner Carol Highsmith said.
Centier is building a new bank with a smaller footprint that will replace the existing structure, 117 E. Joliet St. The branch is open for business throughout construction.
Earlier hopes were to open the new site in November, but construction delays pushed back the date, Highsmith said.
The new bank will be book-ended by outdoor plazas, including an existing park with benches and greenery on the west side of the building and a new park with a fountain and other amenities on the east side.
"Our end point was always to have a complete finished product with a large, grand opening to the community not until late spring," Highsmith said.
Plans are to demolish the existing building in sections when the new structure is complete.
Parking will be added on the south end of the new building.
The new bank, designed to better match the historical look of buildings on the square, will be the second new structure to open in the downtown in recent months.
A $12 million library opened earlier this month on the north end of the downtown.
"Both the library and our project show a strong commitment to the downtown and the importance of the downtown," Highsmith said.