SYRACUSE – Mainstreet Bank broke ground Thursday on its new Syracuse building and campus.
Bank President Justin Douglas said the Cook-based bank has had success in Syracuse since it leased space for an office there in 2002. He called the bank’s first building project, a way to give back and re-invest in the community.
Douglas: “Having a place that actually is ours. It’s a permanent location. It further solidifies our commitment and desire to be here in Syracuse.”
The new building, its drive-through ATM and parking lot are designed to blend in with the surroundings.
Architect Dennis Lyon said the concept at Syracuse was to emphasize tying the community to the bank and embracing the digital age.
Lyon: “I think, when someone comes to the bank, they are going to feel good about that experience and they are going to want to repeat that. That’s been the key to everything we’ve done.”
He said design concepts include a large monitor screen that will display community happenings.
Lyon expects the new building to set a design standard for the Syracuse Business Center, a privately-owned development area near the Highway 2 interchange.
Douglas said there is a lot of upside to the location, considering its proximity to Lincoln, Omaha and Nebraska City. He said development of the Niocorp mining operation would also benefit the corridor.
Douglas: “We would love to provide some of the financing and help increase the economic benefit to the community. A lot of this is just giving back. We serve the community. That’s how I look at it as a community banker, that it’s a mutual relationship. That when we succeed, the community succeeds. When the community succeeds, we succeed. It’s an interesting relationship.”
The new bank will open next summer.