FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Officials with First Financial Bank and the City of Fort Wayne held a news conference Thursday morning where it was revealed the bank will put a regional hub and banking center in the Anthony Wayne Building. The building once was the home offices for the Anthony Wayne Bank many years ago before it was acquired by a larger bank and will now be renamed the First Financial Center at the Anthony Wayne Building.
First Financial Bank is a subsidiary of First Financial Bancorp which is based in Cincinnati. It has operations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it has 105 banking centers.
“This is an exciting day for all of us at First Financial. We’re proud to expand our presence in Fort Wayne,” said Rob Slusser, First Financial’s Fort Wayne market president. “The new regional hub provides us with the opportunity to establish the First Financial Center and provide permanent space for our corporate and sales associates. We also look forward to opening our first local banking center.”
First Financial entered a long-term lease agreement and will occupy a total of 9,700 square feet. Fort Wayne leadership and key commercial, mortgage and wealth management sales teams will have offices on the sixth floor. Bank customers will be able to access several services at a new banking center on the first floor of the building. Drive-thru and ATM services will also be available.
Condominiums are being developed in much of the rest of the building.
This story will be updated.