Bank of the West gets Green Light to Open New Branch in the Castro

Bank of the West has been given the go ahead by the Planning Commission to build a 3300 square foot bank on the first floor of the new mixed use/condo build going in at 2299 Market Street. The property once known as the ‘Big Hole’ since the last building occupying that space burned to the ground in the early eighties is located at the apex of 16th and Noe along Market, directly across from Cafe Flore.

Bank of the West now joins other ‘too big to fail’ financial institutions Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Chase all doing business within the confines of the neighborhood.

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15 Responses

  1. Ike Snyder says:

    Is there a way to find out when the Planning Commission is set to consider Castro-area projects?

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  2. Wasn't that a Church at one time? @ 75, sometimes progress leaves the past behind.

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    • Waiyde says:

      Jerry it was a church. It burnt down 30 years ago and then a great gulf of emptiness remained. At one time they tried community gardens there, but otherwise, eyesore.

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  3. Joe says:

    Bank of the West is part of BNP Paribas, the 3rd largest bank on the planet. Why can't the Castro have a community bank or credit union. While I'm happy to see the "big Hole" go away, I wish there was more support for a local banking institution. What to tell the big banks, you've had enough?? USE CASH.

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  4. pch1013 says:

    Yes, I'd love to see the SF Fire Credit Union open a branch in the neighborhood! It currently has only 2 branches, both far away from the Castro. But I know many, many former big-bank customers (including myself) who have switched to them.

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  5. pch1013 says:

    So that would be a great place for an SF Fire branch — there's even a fire station just a block and a half away…

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