Bank approved for new building, drive-up banking

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has approved plans to replace the current Washington Federal Savings and Loan building at 2020 NW Market Street.

Washington Federal Savings and Loan as seen from NW 56th St.

The current 7,045 square foot building will be demolished and replaced by a 9,0000 square foot structure with a remote drive-up teller station and parking for 13 or 14 vehicles.

A rendering of the approved design by the Design Review Board

Cliff Hasert of EHS Design tells us that the new building looks like an old world building. “It’s a new old building. It will fit well into the community and be a nice backdrop to the Carnegie,” he says, referring to the old Carnegie Library that sits next door. The drive-up banking canopy will also have the same look.

There will be a pedestrian walkway from Market Street to NW 56th. There are windows on the west side of the bank building, along the walkway, so it’s not just a blank brick wall.

You can read the decision by the DPD here. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than January 26, 2012.

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