CrossFirst plans branch building at 13th, Webb

11/10/2012 7:11 AM

11/10/2012 7:11 AM

A little more than a year after announcing plans to enter the Wichita market, CrossFirst Bank said Friday that it plans to construct a permanent facility.

The new building will be at the southwest corner of 13th and Webb and will represent an expansion at Country Club Park. CrossFirst has been leasing about 2,700 square feet of space in a second-floor suite at Country Club Park since last year.

Country Club developers Bob Geist, Tom Devlin and Craig Barton are also investors in the Leawood-based bank.

Steve Peterson, the bank’s Wichita president, said the new building will make it easier for customers to access services and give the bank greater visibility.

“I think the bigger message is the permanence,” Peterson said. He said the perception of permanence may have been absent because the bank has been leasing space.

Peterson said CrossFirst doesn’t have specific details about the new building because a request for proposal was just issued to architects. He said it will have a drive-up teller and an ATM. The new building also will visually complement the Country Club Park building, he said.

“Our goal is to start (construction) as soon as possible,” Peterson said. He would like to have it open by the end of summer or early fall 2013. “I would like it to be just under a year,” he said.

One of CrossFirst’s founders is former Intrust Bank president Ron Baldwin. The $477 million-asset bank said a third of the capital in CrossFirst’s holding company is from Wichita investors.

Besides Wichita and Leawood, the bank also operates in Oklahoma City.

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