MIDDLEPORT — Driving in Middleport, it is hard to miss the construction fencing and equipment working at the corner of Second Avenue and Mill Street.
While it is obvious something is going on, what exactly is it going to be in the space?
It’s an ATM and green space.
Farmers Bank President and CEO Paul Reed told The Sentinel on Monday that the bank is building an ATM on the site which was previously owned by Kay Platter and deeded over to the bank. The property has since been given to the Village of Middleport, with the bank retaining the right to place an ATM on the site.
The project and work was possible due to the generosity of Platter and the cooperation of the village, said Reed.
Reed explained that the village took possession of the property with the plan of the bank completing the site work on it and building an ATM.
A design plan for the site, located next to what is referred to as Farmers Bank Park, shows the addition of a parking area bordering the opposite side of the park from where parking is currently. This will give additional parking, as well as access from both Second Avenue and the alley to the ATM which will be on the back side of the lot (next to the alley).
The remainder of the lot will be filled with material suitable for further development as a park or whatever the village may choose to do with the space, explained Reed.
The current plan is for the bank to turn the lot over to the village as green space, which is site-ready, to be utilized as park space for village residents to enjoy.
Construction is being completed by Karr Contracting and may be completed by the end of the year.