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City reveals plans for former Regions Bank building
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Regions Bank closed its Main Street office on the first floor of City Hall on Friday. Its lease with the city of McMinnville will end this month and city officials will have access to the first floor. Plans for renovations are being discussed for when that day arrives. Pictured is a Regions sign sitting on the back of a flat-bed trailer after removal from the building.

Regions Bank has vacated its downtown location at 101 E. Main Street and McMinnville officials are preparing for the future. 

The city Building and Grounds Committee has approved bids on flooring, installation of a walk-up service window and a new HVAC unit for the entire building when Regions Bank returns the keys to the building’s first floor to the city of McMinnville.

Given the nod was Ole South Flooring for $17,153, a window from QSI for $7,200, and a HVAC bid from Roscoe Brown for $58,000. Board of Mayor and Aldermen approval is required. 

With a new HVAC unit, the city plans to abandon an old chiller and boiler system located in the basement.

“The chiller and boiler system will stay,” said Frank Southard, McMinnville Public Works Department director. “They’d have to destroy it piece by piece to remove it. It was actually put in before the building was constructed.”

In its place will be a 25-ton condensing unit and air handler by Carrier, gas-fired furnace by Modine, and ductless split systems for the offices by Mitsubishi. 

Scope of work: 

• Disconnect and discontinue use of the existing chiller and boiler system.

• Demolish the existing air handler and remove in pieces.

• Remove the rooftop remote condensing unit.

• Clean the copper refrigerant lines and prep for 410a use.

• Furnish and install a new Carrier 25-ton split system.

• Wire into the existing panel boxes. 

• Charge with medium temp refrigerant.

• Decommission the existing hydronic boiler and seal the water lines.

• Install a gas-fired duct heater.

• Install gas lines to service the new gas heater.

• Vent the gas heater to the exit vent in the chimney that is located in the basement mechanical room.

• Add air branch lines to areas previously served by hydronic wall ventilators.

• Install a new commercial-grade thermostat to operate the system.

• Furnish the row of offices in the front of the building in the bank.• Install a five-head outdoor heat pump condensing unit on the exterior of the building on an elevated stand to clear foot traffic.

The walk-up window would be installed where Region’s ATM was located. Once operational, the walk-up window can be used by customers to pay property taxes, water bills, etc. It will not be used for acquiring a building permit. 

Regions' Main Street branch closed at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17. It’s McMinnville North Branch on Smithville Highway opened at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 20.