Ohio-headquartered FCBank will ramp up its Worthington presence this summer, building a new central Ohio headquarters at 6600 N. High St.

Ohio-headquartered FCBank will ramp up its Worthington presence this summer, building a new central Ohio headquarters at 6600 N. High St.

The 18,500-square-foot building will house a new branch, featuring commercial and retail service, an ATM and drive-through, better accessibility and additional parking.

FCBank President Andy Dale said the company will let the lease expire in early 2017 on the current location at nearby 5858 N. High St.

"It's been a successful office over the years; it just does not really represent who we are," Dale said about the old location. "It's not really client-friendly in terms of accessibility; there's not an ATM. From a visual standpoint, it's kind of lost. And we like the Worthington community very much, so we've been searching for a good portion of a year up and down High Street to find the right spot."

Dale, who grew up in Worthington, said the new location is as close to home as possible.

"The site that we ultimately acquired was 200 yards from my house where I grew up," he said. "I used to fill my bicycle tires there at the old gas station and return pop bottles there at the old convenience store."

"It's home. We've enjoyed some great success there and we want to continue to really grow our presence in that market. It required that we reconsider our existing location and put an emphasis on a larger presence.

"There are a lot of banks in Worthington, but our effort is to be the one that's really a member of the community and actively participate and help make the community meet our needs," he said.

Dale said the bank employs only about four full-time staff members at its Worthington location, but will bump that to about 20 in the new location. Dale said they're building the structure to accommodate 50 employees, allowing for more growth.

FCBank's current headquarters is in Bucyrus, and its parent company, CNB Bank, is headquartered in Clearfield, Pa.

Dale said the building will be "rather unique and very welcoming," and the design is described as a "colonial, red brick, two-story structure."

The company expects to break ground this summer, but timelines are not specific at this stage.

"Any time you build something, it seems like it takes 10 months or a year," Dale said. "If we can get started this summer, hopefully early next summer we'll be able to move in."