One bank moving, another might move in

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Design rendering of the new Fifth Third Bank planned at 4080 N. High St., which will replace the bank's office at 4040 N. High St.

Bill Dargusch of Community Partners said last week that he didn't know why Fifth Third Bank is abandoning the branch at 4040 N. High St.

Elizabeth Boyuk does.

"In comparison to the current Clintonville north location, the new location will have futuristic design elements for our customers," the vice president and marketing director for Fifth Third in central Ohio wrote in an email.

"It will have an open, state-of-the-art lobby with easy access to our banking staff, a conference room and teller's lines designed to speed inside and drive-through trans- actions.

"At this time we are not aware of a new tenant in our current space," Boyuk added.

Bill Dargusch said he does.

"We've got a lot of good stuff happening in that building," he said. "We've got a lot of good things going on. The building is filling up."

The partner in the urban development firm said that SportClips, a haircutting franchise, as well as another central Ohio location of the Wine Bistro restaurant, would be going into 4040 N. High St.

Dargusch also held out the possibility that a different bank might take part of the space being vacated by Fifth Third.

While other tenants are being sought, Dargusch said that the building, being marketed as CitySuites, would be more than 80 percent full if the other bank moves in.

"Prominently located on one of Columbus' most traveled streets, CitySuites at 4400 N. High Street offers plentiful off-street parking at the rear of the building and COTA bus access just steps from the front door," according to the website

The Fifth Third replacing the one at 4040 N. High St. will be at 4080 N. High St.

"This new center will be more customer-friendly and allow Fifth Third Bank to provide customers with complete financial services by providing space for all of our business partners, such as mortgage, investments, and business bankers," marketing director Boyuk said. "From a local neighborhood standpoint, it will offer convenient parking, ease of access to the drive-through and easy in-and-out access to High Street."

Boyuk estimated that the new branch will open in the middle of next year.

She added that the other Fifth Third Clintonville branch at 3580 N. High St. will remain open.