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What Should Fill the Former US Bank Building?

Visions for Vacancies: A grocery store? Another bank? The library, perhaps?

Part of the includes ideas for what kinds of business to promote and encourage. Real progress, of course, is predicated by the market. You can make all the wish lists in the world, but in the end, there has to be a buyer—and in this economy, that's a tough prospect.

That said, there is nothing wrong with making a wish list. And there is something positive—even healthy—in gathering creative ideas from the community.

In that spirit, what do you think would be the right uses for the former US Bank building at 21 N. Third St." The asking price for the property has dropped from more than $3 million to under $2.4 million, according to LoopNet.com.

The building has been on the market since the bank moved to its new Geneva location in August 2010.

In the Geneva Patch "Icons for Sale" series, a managing director for the Kennedy Wilson Properties Group, told Patch intern Garrett Lance that an ideal tenant would be a bank, a "boutique grocer," medical office or restaurant.

So Patch asks you, what would you like to see in the former US Bank property? Share your ideas in the comments section below.


Robert Jr. April 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM
How about pictures of the Pure Oil building?
ann holt-harris April 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Why can't the bank that wants to be where the Pure building is go into the existing bank with drive through? How many drive throughs does Geneva need?
Patrick Ryan April 01, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Amen to that Ann
Donald Kein April 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
We should preserve all of these old buildings untill the end of time and keep them in our hearts forever as a reminder of the way Geneva used to be as a monument to our gloriuos history and never move forward.
Betty Collins April 01, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I agree with Ann whole-heartedly! Why tear down an historic bulding when there is an empty bank building just waiting to be filled. If the bank that is looking to go in where a teardown would have to happen first can't afford to buy an existing building that is move-in ready, how long will they be able to stay afloat! Besides, no one seems to be talking about the four businesses that will be displaced if the bank goes into the Pure Oil building! What about losing 4 viable businesses?
Rudy April 02, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Out of all the vacancies Patch is writing about only ONE non vacant historic property is being proposed to preserve!! Buy a clue Don ONE BUILDING you are kind of jumping the shark of exaggeration aren't you. No one care if you tear down Borders or the other NON historic buildings. Rudy Oldham
John R April 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I would suggest a bank and the first one that comes to mind is the St. Charles Bank and trust. We could also use a Chase Bank downtown or over on the east side. It drives me nuts that I have to go all the way over to Randall to find a chase. Maybe the Pure Gardner would be interested in the space or a florist.

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