- Evans Bank seeks to open new branch
Hamburg, NY, April 28, 2011– Evans Bank, (parent company Evans Bancorp, Inc., NYSE Amex: EVBN), today announced that it is seeking regulatory approval to open a new branch at 5178 Main Street in Williamsville. The new location would represent Evans Bank’s 14th in Western New York.
David J. Nasca, president and chief executive officer of Evans Bank, noted, “While we have been considering a number of locations for future branches, Williamsville has always been at the top of our list, which is why we are so excited to pursue a full-service branch at this location in the Williamsville business district. As evidenced by our relationship approach to business it is extremely gratifying to partner with Iskalo Development, a long time customer of the bank, a leading developer and steward of several historic properties,” Nasca added.
The branch would be housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest standing church buildings in Western New York. Constructed in 1834 as a Mennonite Meeting House, it is currently owned by the Town of Amherst. The property, situated at the corner of Main and North Forest, is in the process of being acquired by Iskalo Development who will undertake an adaptive reuse of the property for lease to Evans Bank as a full-service bank branch.
Subject to municipal and historic approvals, the proposed branch will offer customers modern, convenient services including a Drive-Thru Teller and ATM, while at the same time maintaining the historic and architectural integrity of the building. Plans call for banking services to be provided in the current church building, returning public access to a significant piece of local history.
“Iskalo Development is pleased to partner with Evans as we believe they will be a good steward of this important historic asset,” Paul Iskalo, founder and CEO, Iskalo Development, said. “This rehabilitation also returns the Mennonite Meeting House to a productive use, and facilitates a local company’s expansion into the Williamsville community.”
“Our new branch will be extremely well-suited to the Williamsville commercial corridor,” said Nasca. “The building’s historic setting, combined with Evans’ personalized service and products offered, will provide a differentiated banking experience for our customers” he added.