A Hudsonville-based bank is opening its seventh branch this month.
Hudsonville-based West Michigan Community Bank announced it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on August 20 with representatives from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for its new retail and commercial lending center located at 4797 Cascade Road SE, in the Cascade region of the Township of Grand Rapids. .
Construction began last summer. Design plans were changed this spring to meet the need for physical distancing in light of COVID-19.
David Bareman, owner of Netherlands-based DLB Architects was the lead architect on the project, and Grand Rapids-based First Companies was the general contractor, according to a previous Business Journal report.
The new 8,000 square foot branch, which is the bank’s seventh location, will accommodate approximately 15 staff and include a retail branch on the first floor to meet daily banking needs, including personal loans. The second floor will serve as a commercial lending center that can accommodate up to five commercial bankers and their support staff. The property is located on land that has free parking.
“We are grateful to be able to celebrate this new investment, which represents our commitment to become the premier community banking franchise in West Michigan,” said Philip Koning, President and CEO of West Michigan Community Bank. “By focusing on building relationships and delivering products and customer service that exceed expectations, we have had great success and look forward to building on that momentum.
“We are committed to ensuring that the new location is a significant economic asset for the community, offering prudent tax management, responsiveness and a willingness to always support the success of our clients. We’ve incorporated new measures to ensure our team and clients feel comfortable and safe every time they walk through the door. “
To help protect customers and staff from the spread of COVID-19, bank limits total number of guests allowed at branches, requiring face coverings and asking people to maintain a social distancing of at least 6 feet from each other. Customers are encouraged to use alternative banking options if they experience symptoms of a cold or flu, fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Access to the online account is available 24/7.
The bank also encourages clients to make loan and wealth management appointments to ensure staff are available.
Koning said the bank’s commitment to building relationships is one of the main reasons for its continued success.
“We actively listen to the needs of clients and keep their best interests in mind in order to provide personalized service and a quality community banking experience,” he said. “We are delighted to welcome the community to our new facility. “
West Michigan Community Bank
Founded in 1976 as Bank of Hudsonville, West Michigan Community Bank has grown over the years and now has over 100 employees working in seven branches in Hudsonville, Grand Rapids Township, Holland, Jenison, Zeeland and downtown -City of Grand Rapids.
The bank provides retail and business services, including personal, business, lending and wealth management services.