The committee recommended approving the special permit, necessary for the drive-through service, with a 4-0 vote.
Attorney Arthur Bergeron, representing Crosspoint, thanked the committee for its prompt decision after one meeting. The developer presented plans at a public hearing on August 23.
“It will definitely be a vast improvement to the site,” said Councilor Steven Levy, committee chairman.
The new building would have three drive-through lanes, each with a live teller during business hours. The bank plans to make the drive-through ATM, located along the side of the building, available when the business is closed. The bank also plans to have an ATM inside.
Some councilors said they are worried about traffic at the site, which is on the corner of an intersection with a traffic signal.
The new bank would actually result in a traffic safety upgrade, with less cars going in an out daily than there are now, said Robert Vanasse, traffic engineer.
The smaller building will create a better line of sight around the corner, Council President Arthur Vigeant said.
The city’s Traffic Commission and the site plan review committee will discuss how cars could enter and leave the bank.
If the developer is successful in acquiring all the proper permits, the goal is to tear the building down this year, Bergeron said.
The bank plans to have the branch open every day.
The full City Council will next vote on the special permit.
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