The new facility for Shawnee's First United Bank is beginning to take shape, as construction continues at the south-east corner of MacArthur Street and Harrison Avenue — formerly Joe Cooper Ford.

The new facility for Shawnee's First United Bank is beginning to take shape, as construction continues at the southeast corner of MacArthur Street and Harrison Avenue — formerly Joe Cooper Ford.

According to the preliminary plat approved by city commissioners in March, the 4.5-acre tract at 2600 N. Harrison is being split into two lots.

The former Joe Cooper Ford structure has been demolished, and rising in its place is the new headquarters for First United Bank of Shawnee.

Six-foot sidewalks are planned along Harrison Avenue and MacArthur Street, as well as landscaping improvements.

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. That site is being eyed as a new headquarters for the Shawnee Police Department.

Watch for updates.