by Ray Anthony
Construction projects in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has escalated at a feverish pace, particularly in Marquette Michigan with the presently in progress Liberty Way Project at Lincoln Avenue and West Washington Street, as well as the soon to open Peninsula Bank – Marquette Branch project.
Peninsula Bank was founded in 1887, where they served the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan for more than 125 years. The bank sits in second place as the oldest banking chapter in the State of Michigan. The Peninsula Bank main office footprint is planted at the same corner as the original bank building in downtown Ishpeming Michigan.
The Peninsula Bank presence has grown over the decades offering locations in West Ishpeming, Negaunee, and the newly remodeled branch in Negaunee (Super One Foods). The nearly completed Marquette Branch Peninsula Bank building site is located on the northeast corner of the McClellan and Baraga Avenue intersection.
Peninsula Bank will move from its Front Street office from the iEconomy Building into the new facility in early fall 2013. The architectural firm of Integrated Design, also located in Marquette County, designed the new building.
"Construction began in April, and everything is on schedule for completion in September," said Peninsula Bank Board Chair John Jilbert, owner of Jibert Dairy. "The bank has just completed its 125th year of service to Marquette County, and now we’re stepping into the future with this new building. It symbolizes our ongoing commitment to the Marquette County Community," Jilbert said.
Ongoing commitment, construction and the soon to follow job growth is a commonality with many of Marquette Michigan business leaders, holding Marquette in their best interests.
"As a local community bank headquartered in Marquette County, we have a strong commitment to local businesses and contractors," said Peninsula Bank President Mike Smock. "We will involve as many local providers as possible for the construction and landscaping," he said.
Anyone seeking answers as to what the Marquette Michigan area has to offer a prospective developer, one may wish to visit the Lake Superior Community Partnership & Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Peninsula Bank: https://www.penbank.com/