Evans Bank confirmed its choice for its first downtown branch: the Main Court Building, overlooking Lafayette Square.
“Adding banking services to the central business district in downtown Buffalo reinforces Evans’ commitment as the locally headquartered community financial institution with a comprehensive range of services,” said David J. Nasca, Evans' president and CEO.
Hamburg-based Evans has applied to federal regulators for permission to open the branch. The bank hopes to open it this summer.
In a nod to the changing nature of some branches, Nasca referred to the planned new location as a "business and relationship center." He said he pictured the offices as "advisory and consultative" space, with a coffee bar, copies of the Wall Street Journal, and large screen TVs showing CNBC. It will be a full-service branch, along with insurance, investments and employee benefits services.
The new branch will be on the second floor, overlooking Main Street. Two other banks, Bank on Buffalo and Five Star Bank, have added downtown branches since the start of 2017. Nasca said Evans has been considering a downtown branch for some time, but was looking for the right location.
This will be the 15th branch in Evans' network. The bank has two other branches in the city, in North Buffalo and the Elmwood Village.
The Main Court Building was originally the home of Western Savings Bank in 1963, and later used by Goldome Bank. Developer Paul J. Kolkmeyer, a former CEO of First Niagara Bank, owns the building.
There was a bit of intrigue last week surrounding Evans' decision. A legal notice was published prematurely on Thursday, indicating the Main Court Building was the choice. Bank officials said a lease had not yet been signed, and said the Main Court Building was actually one of two options for the branch. Evans didn't reveal the other option.