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The First Citizens Bank Mason City West Branch is undergoing an extensive remodel.

A multi-phase remodeling project is underway at First Citizens Bank’s Mason City West Branch location.

The project, comprising three phases, began in April at the 40,000-square-foot building at 2601 Fourth Street SW.

“The bank has multiple locations and over the last decade, investments have been made at all its locations,” said Sarah Nielsen, First Citizens Bank chief financial officer. “This is the last location to get to, so it certainly will be exciting to do an unveiling.”

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First Citizens Bank Mason City West Branch will complete the first phase of its renovation project in December 2019.

She said the project was prompted by the bank’s need to replace its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that’s at the end of its life, but its scope grew as other interior and exterior items were identified for improvement.

That’s in large part because of the growth the bank has experienced within the past 15 years.

When the Mason City West Branch moved into its current location 25 years ago, it occupied 25 percent of the building and leased out the rest, but since then, it’s grown and expanded to nearly all parts of the building with its 110 employees, Nielsen said.

“It wasn’t all designed for us Day 1,” she said. “We want to better utilize the space we do have by relocating some departments and refreshing the interior.”

The first phase of the project, which was awarded to Henkel Construction and Accord Architecture, encompasses renovating the west side of the building. It’s scheduled to be completed by late November or early December.

The subsequent two phases will be completed in 2020, Nielsen said.

During current construction, customers are encouraged to park and enter the building on the bank’s south side, which is denoted with signage.

Services are confined to the east side of the building, while renovations are in progress.

Nielsen said the drive-thru will remain open for much of the project. Customers will be notified ahead of time about temporary closures.

“It should be a nice update,” she said.

First Citizens Bank has eight locations throughout North Iowa, including one on State Street in Mason City.

Photos: The empty buildings of Mason City

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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