City Historic Advisory Board Reviewing Plans For Tompkins Trust Move to Main Street
The Cortland City Historic and Architectural Advisory Board have reviewed Tompkins Trust Companies plans for the former HSBC Bank building and are supportive of the proposal.
Planners met Monday morning to take a look at the Trust Companies ideas on the former Marine Midland office building at 36 Main Street in Cortland, the bank will move from its current location on Clinton Avenue into the new location.
The bank is planning to renovate the building which has sat idle since HSBC sold its Cortland branch to First Niagara as part of a deal to sell 195 branch offices. The current location on the corner of Clinton Avenue and Church Street will remain open while renovation of the new office is completed.
Tompkins Trust architect Kevin Poirot of PW Campbell is proposing to install some new façade panels along the second story of the building as well as add some new windows to the face and Orchard Street side of the property. The goal is to allow for more natural light into the concrete building and provide a more interesting and welcoming exterior.
Architectural Board Chair Linda Kline was impressed with the draft design; she felt it made the building look less like a fortress. Kline did raise some concerns that the façade treatments proposed for the rear of the building may be susceptible to damage and also very much opposed to any internally lit signage on the building. Instead Kline said a softer backlit L-E-D sign would be more appropriate.
The new location will afford the Trust Company a drive through window which their current location does not.
The bank is hoping to get the final approvals on the renovation in March and hopes to be in the property by late spring or early summer. Tompkins Trust Company has 14 branch offices in Tompkins County and Auburn.