The squat brick building at 1300 Chain Bridge Road is about to become a bank once again.
Renovations are underway to turn the brick building into a JP Morgan Chase Bank.
The location had previously been a drive-through Wachovia, then a Wells Fargo, but has sat empty for at least a year.
The bank is aiming for an opening sometime in the fall but has no more specific date ready yet.
Construction crews are still at work at the project — which has a largely gutted interior — and permits in the window say work will involve installing new air devices and ductworks.
It will be the only Chase bank in McLean but far from the only bank. There are roughly 17 banks currently scattered around downtown McLean, possibly because studies say McLean residents tend to be very wealthy and frugal.
(Updated at 12:30 p.m.) Trustar Bank is opening a commercial loan office this week by Tysons Galleria ahead of a future branch in the area.
Last week, the bank opened a branch in Great Falls. The company website said, “As a community bank, Trustar Bank’s strategy is to be a personalized alternative to larger, super-regional financial institutions that increasingly dominate the bank’s primary market.”
While the upcoming Tysons location (1650 Tysons Blvd) will just handle commercial loans, Chief Executive Officer Shaza Anderson said that the company also plans to bring branches in Reston in October 2019 and Tysons in 2021.
The new loan office opens after the company raised the required capital and received regulatory approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, she said.
Anderson said that the company partially decided on the location because it seemed to be the most accessible for employees and customers.
Community support has been “overwhelming” during this process, she added.
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Earlier: Police are on the scene of a potential bomb threat at Provident Bank (7799 Leesburg Pike) in Falls Church.
Fairfax County Police said in a tweet this afternoon, below, that “a man called the bank indicating a bomb threat.”
Police told Tysons Reporter that the front desk was notified of a vague threat with very little credible information and after a search of the building no suspicious objects were found.
Following the threat, police remained at the scene to continue investigating the source of the call.
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) February 8, 2019
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