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BANK REBOOT: STAR Bank renovating downtown location

July 15, 2013

Pictured above is a rendering that shows what STAR Financial Bank will look like when it is completed next year. Post & Mail photo / Brett Myers

COLUMBIA CITY — A local financial institution is hoping to take a leap into the future.

For STAR Financial Bank, though, the jump forward in time will be connected to aesthetics.

Renovations are scheduled for this fall at the downtown banking location, 102 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.

“The downtown office we have was built in the early 1960s,” said David Smith, market president for STAR. “There’s a little age to the building in general, and a little obsolescence.”

The renovation will take nearly nine months to complete. It will have a price tag just shy of $2 million.

One hope the institution has is that customer service will not be interrupted by the change.

“The drive-up will be open for the duration of the construction,” Smith said, noting the Frontage Road location in Columbia City would remain open during the construction time period.

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