Daric O'Neal & Jim Plagge

Daric O'Neal (left) of Alley-Poyner-Machietto holds a rendering of a new Bank Iowa location in downtown Clarinda while Bank Iowa CEO Jim Plagge (right) explains plans to the city council.

(Clarinda) -- Progress is reported on a major facelift to a portion of Clarinda's downtown square.

Officials from Bank Iowa and Alley-Poyner-Macchietto appeared before the Clarinda City Council Wednesday to provide an update on a building project for a new location downtown. City Manager Gary McClarnon tells KMA News Bank Iowa Regional President Gilbert Thomas reported the project's timeline has been slightly altered.

"Gilbert was telling us that the schedule will be changed a little bit, but they are still planning on substantial completion by December 31st of this year," said McClarnon. "They showed us some renderings of the new proposed bank. It's about 11,000 square feet total."

In September 2017, the city sold properties at 101, 103 and 105 East Main Street to Bank Iowa for the project. Those buildings were demolished late summer. In addition to building a new location on the square, the bank will give its old location to the city once everything is completed. McClarnon says they are preparing to begin the construction phase of the project soon.

"They are looking at starting actual dirt work and work on the building in about 30 days," said McClarnon. "It was nice to hear the update and that this project is going to go ahead and move forward."

Once completed, Bank Iowa will received a 90-percent property tax rebate over the next 15 years. In other business Wednesday night, the council unanimously approved the appointment of Austin Scanlan to the city's fire department.

"This is a young man who actually lives in New Market, and he works in Clarinda," said McClarnon. "His employer has agreed to let him take off work if he needs to during the day for fire calls. He is part of the Marine Reserves. He did interview very well with the fire department, so they have decided to go ahead and appoint him to the Clarinda Volunteer Fire Department."

The council additionally held a public hearing and approved an application from Clarinda Regional Health Center for a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and approved a pay request and change order related to the downtown facade rehabilitation project.