Board approves bank’s renovation plans

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 07:13 PM

The branch office of Bank of America on North Garnet Street in Henderson received permission to renovate their drive-through facility Tuesday.

The Henderson Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a variance request to allow construction out to a foot away from the property line, about the same point where there is already a smaller detached bank structure.

Bank of America plans to replace two small canopy structures with one larger roofing canopy to solve some wetness problems and prevent customer inconvenience from storms.

Branch Manager Rob Barrow said the improvement “speaks well” for their commitment to Henderson. The main aim is customer satisfaction, he added.

“I know we can never foretell the future for certain,” Barrow said. “We do want to enhance the experience for our customers during times of severe weather.”

According to Melissa Bradshaw with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting of Charlotte, the new canopy would cover nearly 600 square feet. It would create a new footprint for the branch structure as a whole.

Bradshaw said that she understands the structure is grandfathered in from before the city’s passage of ordinances that restrict how close structures are to property margins.

“We already have about 50 to 75 percent of our building within the setback areas,” Bradshaw said. “Our current predicament is that the drive-through is having a lot of water infiltration problems.”

Issues include water getting in the pneumatic tubes used for sending bank transactions to and from the teller window, and concerns about traffic flow and appearances.

In addition to the structure work, the bank wants to place an area of landscaping detail on the property.

“We want to protect our customers, and we also want to protect our equipment from being damaged,” Bradshaw said. “We would also propose to make a landscape area to increase our curb appeal.”

Bradshaw said a project objective was to make sure new construction is completed in a way that blends with the existing building.

“I thought of every possible option for this project before bringing it to you,” she said. “This is the only one that solves all these issues.”

According to county records, the structure was originally built as a bank in 1969 and is 3,000 square feet in size. The property’s assessed value is $334,756, with the structural improvements assessed at $252,835 and land assessed at $81,921.

It last sold in 2004 to First States Inv., LLC, care of Core Logic in Fort Worth, Texas, for $213,500.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.