KeyBank wants new Amherst branch

September 27, 2013 Updated May 28, 2010 at 6:58 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by Allissa Kline

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KeyBank wants new Amherst branch

September 27, 2013 Updated May 28, 2010 at 6:58 AM EDT

KeyBank N.A. wants to open a new branch at the corner of Hopkins and West Klein roads in Amherst.

The Cleveland-based bank said this week that it has begun the approval process to build a new branch at 804 Hopkins Road, a former gas station site. The bank doesn't own the property, but it is trying to purchase it now, a bank spokesperson said.

If approved, the branch would become the bank's fifth newly-constructed office in the region, part of a three-year plan to open six total new branches in the region. A new branch opened this week on Grand Island and three others have opened in the area since mid-July 2009.

KeyBank's proposal to rezone the 804 Hopkins parcel was approved May 3 by the Amherst Town Board, assistant planning director Gary Black said. The bank must now submit a proposed site plan to the town planning board, which it has not yet done, Black said.

Details such as size and scope of the proposed branch won't be available "until all approvals are in place," bank spokesperson Therese Myers said. She said the bank hopes to finalize the deal sometime this fall.

KeyBank operates 44 branches in four counties of Western New York, including an office at 5173 Sheridan Drive that is less than two miles from the proposed site at Hopkins and West Klein. Myers said the bank will not close the branch if the proposed office gets approved.