Customers who visit the TD Bank in Meriden’s city center will soon be driving a little farther down East Main Street to do their banking.
A spokesman for the national bank said Wednesday that TD Bank is closing its bank branch at 30 East Main St. on Feb. 11.
“After careful consideration we decided to consolidate that store with another store in Meriden,” said Jimmy Hernandez, spokesman for the Maine-based TD Bank.
The branch is being consolidated with TD Bank’s other Meriden location at 733 East Main St., Hernandez said.
The Record Journal newspaper reported the building that houses the 30 East Main St. branch will be demolished in the coming months as part of a downtown revival effort. City officials told the newspaper that the project still needs to go out to bid, but that the demolition could be happening in a few months.
“It’s part of a 10-12 year — and maybe even longer — study to resolve the flooding in the downtown area,” said John Gilmore, vice president for Cheshire-based Milone & MacBroom, the consultant firm that contracted with the city during the design process.
Gilmore said the goal is to restore Harbor Brook, a river that partially runs underneath the bank building, to its original location. He said this move is being coupled with a plan to create a flood storage location at Falcon Park, which is near Washington Middle School.
"The intent is to remove a considerable amount of material on the site to create a flood storage area in the downtown," Gilmore said.
Customers and employees were informed about the bank move in November. There are 10 employees at the downtown branch and Hernandez said TD Bank is making efforts to help those employees find other employment within the company.
Hernandez noted that the branch will stay open until Feb. 11 and customers are encouraged to continue banking there until the closure.