CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Strollo Architects of Youngstown is going to build a large expansion for Farmers National Bank in Canfield, signifying a long-term commitment to the city and to the Mahoning Valley.
Farmers has occupied parts of the same block in Canfield since it was founded in 1887. Soon, it will occupy the entire block.
The new building will include amenities often found in a New York City office while still maintaining the traditional landscape of the downtown.
Canfield Mayor Don Dragish called the proposed expansion of the Farmers campus “a great thing.”
“They’re a wonderful company to have and bank to have within our city,” Dragish said. “With this new renovation, now, on this building — we’re really looking forward to it.”
“We just take up the whole side of the Green here in Canfield,” said Amber Wallace, senior executive vice president.
A vacant building at South Broad and Lisbon streets will be demolished and replaced with a 27,000-square-foot expansion. The first floor of the building will house a multimedia production room for marketing and content creation. It will also include a rooftop meeting area to include seating, picnic tables, a putting green and an outdoor kitchen.
The $9 million project will expand across Lisbon Street to the south of the existing offices and along the western edge of the Canfield on the Green. The building will feature a rounded, glass corner and will highlight a new second-floor boardroom.
“We’re also building in areas where employees can just go and try to find a cubby to kind of chill out,” Wallace said. This will include a gaming station.
Over the past seven years, Farmers has made seven significant acquisitions. It now employs around 750 people, including 250 in Canfield.
“We have so many people that have joined us here that we are just busting at the seams,” Wallace said. “As we continue to grow, we just need the space.”
“We’ve had a rock solid history for more than 136 years. As the ninth CEO in Farmers history, I’m proud to continue that as we enter this next phase in the company’s growth,” said CEO Kevin Helmick.
Demolition and construction will begin in early June, and will take about 18 months to complete. When finished, Farmers will occupy the entire block — from state Route 224 to Lisbon Street.
“I know they’ve went over several different things and aspects of making it fit within our community and making that work,” Dragish said. “With that being said, that’s just a wonderful thing to have.”
Meanwhile, an area within walking distance of the Farmers campus may soon some renovations as well.
Dragish said a developer has bought the abandoned plaza on North Broad Street — which he referred to as the “IGA plaza.”
Though it’s unconfirmed who the developer is, Dragish said there are plans to renovate the buildings. There are already three tenants interested in locating there, and they have plans to establish a restaurant somewhere on the property.