A new facility for Shawnee's First United Bank will soon be underway, as final plat approval is moving through city boards; the Planning Commission approved the item Thursday and City Commissioners should review the request July 16.

A new facility for Shawnee's First United Bank will soon be underway, as final plat approval is moving through city boards; the Planning Commission approved the item Thursday and City Commissioners should review the request July 16.

Planning Commissioners gave the go-ahead on applicant Brandon Coon's final plat request to build the new facility at the south-east corner of MacArthur Street and Harrison Avenue — formerly the Joe Cooper Ford location.

The preliminary plat was approved by City Commission March 19, splitting the 4.5-acre tract at 2600 N. Harrison into two lots.

The former Joe Cooper Ford structure has been demolished, and in its place will be constructed a First United Bank of Shawnee facility.

Paul Bass, President of First United Bank said along with the new location, the bank will have added features.

“One of the things I am most excited about is the community space that will be used for training purposes and we will have the ability to host business conferences,” Bass said. “The new bank also will be as environmentally friendly and efficient as possible.”

When construction is completed, the location at 912 E. Independence will close, Bass said.

“On such a vital intersection in Shawnee, the redevelopment of this site will be a positive change for Shawnee,” Community Development Director Justin DeBruin said. “While the site was completely impervious, the new construction will comply with all modern commercial standards.”

Six-foot sidewalks will be constructed along Harrison Avenue and MacArthur Street, as well as landscaping improvements and an above-standard façade treatment, DeBruin's memo reads.

DeBruin recommended approval of the First United Bank Final Plat with the following conditions:

1. Final Construction documents must be approved by the City Engineer prior to construction.

2. Final engineered drainage plan must be approved by the City Engineer prior to construction.

3. All other applicable City standards apply.

“We already have a building permit in for this particular site — it's waiting for City Commission's approval on final plat documents,” DeBruin said.

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