Central State Bank is announcing plans to replace its Park Avenue Banking Center with an entirely new building. The project is expected to get underway this fall, with completion targeted for mid-2014. The design-build firm Kirk Gross of Waterloo is architect and general contractor, and construction will be handled by Muscatine-area contractors. The existing structure, located at 1521 Park Avenue, was established in 1971 and was Muscatine’s first banking office outside of the general downtown area. Bank president Bob Howard noted that the decision to rebuild was reached after weighing a variety of alternatives and represents the bank’s ongoing commitment to investing in Muscatine.

In addition to replicating the current facility’s features, the new building will also include provisions for investment and brokerage services, full-service real estate lending and elevator access to a lower-level conference area that can be used for meetings and Ambassador Club events. The bank plans to operate out of a temporary on-site facility while demolition and construction are underway.


A restaurant that replaces the closed Button Factory is set to open this month. The Pearl City Chophouse, 215 W. Mississippi Drive, is a steakhouse that will be owned and operated by Jim Kharbush of Iowa City. He is leasing the building from Tom and Ann Meeker. Meeker told us….

Meeker says partners Laura Juszczyk and Marty Mehlert will open another steakhouse, 101 West, on the first floor of the former Hotel Muscatine.

Tomorrow Meeker will discuss the many dining possibilities in downtown Muscatine.

It's called Summer Music in the Park, and it's being presented free by the West Liberty Area Arts Council. Concerts are taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 the nights of Friday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at Ron De Voo Park in downtown West Liberty. Bring your lawn chairs. The rain location will be Local Grounds at 105 West 3rd Street.


UnityPoint Clinic Orthopedics at Cedar Street has a new doctor, Andrew Friessen. He joins the orthopedics team after serving as a U.S. Navy Orthopedic Surgeon in North Chicago. Friessen attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree  and completed the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Michigan State University and Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan. Friessen and his wife Julie have three children.


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