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Farmers State Bank to build new branch in Topeka

Topeka will see a lot of dirt moving over the next year, with a proposed new fire station and work on the former Starcraft site (see related articles). Now, Farmers State Bank (FSB) is looking to add a little construction work of its own as it plans to build a new branch on the site of the current building.

Kerry Sprunger and Mark Thompson from FSB presented the bank’s plans to the Topeka Town Council Monday afternoon. The bank has purchased additional land to the west and north of the current 109 N. Main Street location. The plan shows the building moving to the north to border the alley shared with the Topeka Library building, and a three-lane drive-up on the south side of the building.

The building will be 5,280 sq. ft. and will have around 30 new parking spots located around the site.

 The bank will install a new sign along Lake Street that will include a video board for announcements. The building itself will be brick.

The bank plans to start work the first week of February, with completion in the fall of 2015.

Thompson and Sprunger asked the council to send a letter of support to the county for the permitting process, as well as allow the bank to continue to use the 109 N. Main St. address. The council unanimously approved the request.