All in a day's work

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By Richard RoBards

Campbellsville National Bank used a 63-hour window of opportunity to tear down a 17-year-old structure on East Broadway and move its banking offices into a new facility nearly in the same spot.

"It took a lot of coordination and a flurry of activity," CNB President Leroy Bratcher said Monday. "But we did it."

Bratcher said his board decided about a year ago that, to better serve its customers, a new building was the answer. Land was too expensive to relocate, he said, thus the reasoning behind the razing of one building and the construction of another.

Chris Anderson and Lowell Jones handled the removal of the old building, a two-story structure that was the hub of CNB activity since 1990.

Bratcher said the old 5,500-square-foot building was removed and about 7,000 square feet of space was added to the old Brack's building that is situated to the rear of the old bank. The Brack's building was purchased in 2001 and renovated for additional office space at that time.

"The old building was too small to service our customer base, was too close to the street and just didn't provide enough customer parking," Bratcher said.

The new bank was virtually complete except for one last porch column and some grading and blacktopping, according to Bratcher. All it needed was for employees to move in.

At 3 p.m. Friday afternoon the bank closed its doors so that employees could begin moving their offices. Furniture and other fixtures were donated to employees' churches, the fire department, Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue and Taylor Fiscal Court.

Workers from those organizations showed up at about 3:30 and the transformation began.

"We salvaged everything we could," Bratcher said. "We kept the light fixtures, the stairway and doors.

"It was a madhouse for about two hours."

By 5 p.m. on Friday, worked had begun to dismantle and haul off debris. Thirty-five tandem axel dump truck loads were hauled away, Bratcher said. By Sunday, gravel was spread over the pad where the old building sat and additional work was being completed on Monday.

The Chamber plans a ribbon cutting on Friday, Dec. 14 at 3:30.