Buena Vista, COLO - Legacy Bank is excited to announce the ground breaking of a new 3,100 square foot banking facility in Buena Vista that happened on Wednesday, October 7 at 2 pm. The event took place at 430 East Main. The site is across the street west from the Heritage Museum and is located on a property formerly belonging to the Lambert family, longtime residents of Buena Vista.
The bank, which formally opened in Buena Vista in December 2018, is the next step in strengthening community banking in the cozy mountain town. “Buena Vista is about people and so is Legacy Bank,” states longtime Buena Vista resident and Senior Vice President Dave Reyher. “Since our opening we have been welcomed warmly by both residents and businesses. We are thrilled to be adding to the development of Main Street and bringing even more banking services to the community.”
This new facility has been in the works for over a year, with bank owners looking to invest in real estate just four short months after moving into the community. The property, purchased in April of 2019, was part of a deeper community oriented objective that aligns with bank culture.
“Legacy Bank is built around community. That means our ownership and staff believe in investing in the residents and businesses we serve. From volunteering, sponsoring, and just lending a helping hand, you can see Legacy employees in every part of our community working to have a positive impact,’” adds Reyher. “Investing in a brick and mortar facility that adds to the development of critical business corridors in Buena Vista solidifies our commitment to this community.”
Legacy Bank and the Buena Vista Historic Preservation Committee, have been working in partnership to ensure the bank design respects and honors the historic nature of Main Street. Diesslin Structures, Inc., serving at the local contractor, was selected for their proven success record on projects throughout Chaffee County.
The main entry for the bank will be on North Court Street with a walk-up ATM prominently located on the corner of the building at Main and Court. A two-lane drive-up and a night drop at the rear of the building are part of the design. The bank’s 3,100 square feet of interior space will also offer fresh retail/office rental space with several street level opportunities facing Main Street.
“In an effort to be mindful of our community, Legacy Bank has opted to construct additional parking spaces across the alley to help improve downtown parking and a staging area for cars if the drive-up facility is at capacity,” adds Reyher. “We understand that being a good neighbor is equally as important as being a valuable business provider.”
With that in mind, Legacy Bank worked to protect local landscaping around the project as well. Due to zoning requirements, the old apple tree located on the corner had to be taken down. Analysis showed that any prospect of relocating the tree to protect its survival were non-existent. To honor that tree, Legacy Bank will be planting a new apple tree at Turner Farm.
Legacy Bank hopes to open shortly after Memorial Day, 2021. Until then, bank operations will continue at their current location on 413 E. Main Street. Operational updates can be found on the company’s website, www.eLegacyBank.com or on the Legacy Bank Facebook page.