Another Bank Eyes Landmark Binghamton Building
This Court Street building has been home to a bank office for most of its existence. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
Weeks after Citizens Bank closed its downtown Binghamton office, another financial services firm is considering moving into the site.
The Elmira Savings Bank operates this loan center in Vestal. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
Elmira Savings Bank has filed an application seeking state approval to open a branch office at 84 Court Street.
Citizens Bank removed its sign and equipment when it left downtown Binghamton. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
The Chemung County-based bank's application with the New York State Division of Financial Services was dated September 15. That was about two weeks before Citizens Bank shut down the office located next to the Broome County Courthouse.
According to the state agency, the comment period on the application expired on October 10.
A spokesman for the regulatory division was not able to immediately provide a status on the application or when action could be expected.
Representatives of Elmira Savings Bank referred questions about the possible Binghamton branch to chief executive officer Thomas Carr, who was out of the office and not available on Tuesday.
Elmira Savings Bank bills itself as "The People's Bank." The company's only presence in Broome County is a loan center on the Vestal Parkway.
Binghamton Mayor Richard David said he was not aware Elmira Savings Bank was considering opening a downtown branch office. He also said he had not received advance notice that Citizens Bank was closing its Court Street operation.
David said he believed it was likely another bank would open at the site.
A spokesman for Kradjian Properties, which operates the seven-story building at the corner of Court and Collier streets would not discuss possible new tenants for the prime first-floor space which had been occupied by Citizens Bank.
The night deposit facility and an ATM were removed by Citizens Bank when it closed its downtown Binghamton branch. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
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