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First Bank & Trust plans to move its Main Street branch to the new mixed-use high-rise building under construction at the corner of Main and Chicago Avenue.

The move, expected to occur in the summer of 2016, will be to one of the four or five retail spaces on the ground floor of the nine-story building, the bank announced Wednesday.

Riverside Investment & Development Company is developing this project in partnership with Atlantic Realty Partners. 

The project plans for a LEED Silver building that promotes renewable clean energy and falls in line with the bank’s commitment to having green and eco-friendly branches, according to a news release from the bank.

The branch, currently located at 741 Main St., will continue to be managed by Assistant Vice President Chrissandra White.

Architecturally, the new branch, designed by Evanston architecture firm Behles + Behles, will feature a state-of-the-art open floor plan, where specially-trained bankers will greet customers as they enter and handle their needs on a case-by-case basis, the release stated.

“The idea is to remove the barriers and offer our customers bankers who can act as advisors,” said Paul Kogol, senior vice president of Retail Banking.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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