Midway bank presents revamped plan for Como site

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It was back to the drawing board for Park Midway Bank after a February public meeting drew reactions to its plans for a new building at 2300 Como Ave. On July 13, the bank presented a revamped site plan and building design to the District 12 Community Council.

Rick Beeson, bank president, said that the formation of an advisory committee after the February meeting helped the bank fine-tune its plans. The new design for a two-story building on the southeast corner of Como and Doswell features a lower tower (28 feet) than the original plan (48 feet). In addition, a canopy over the drive-in exit on Como has been pushed back from the sidewalk to create a less monolithic face to the building.

Beeson said that demolition of the existing drive-in bank will begin after the State Fair. Construction of the new 16,630-square-foot building is expected to take 10 months, and the bank hopes to occupy its new quarters by August 15, 2007.

During construction, the sidewalks along Como and Doswell adjacent to the site will be closed, and no street parking will be allowed. A temporary drive-in lane will be created in the southwest corner of the parking lot.

Beeson said that the bank is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a voluntary national standard for developing sustainable buildings, including site development, materials selection, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. He said that Park Midway would be the first bank in Minnesota to be LEED certified.

At the July 13 meeting, landscape designer John Thomas described plantings for the new site. Existing plants will be donated to the St. Anthony Park Garden Club.

Vice president Connie Powell presented the bank’s plan for an espresso bar in the new building. It would be staffed by bank employees, and proceeds would be donated to local community groups.

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