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Landlord to install entrance hallway at vacated 120 Washington St. building

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Workers have been busy erecting walls this week on the first floor of Community Bank’s vacated location at 120 Washington St., but no businesses will be moving in.

A hallway linking to the front entrance is being built by construction workers from building landlord 200 Washington Associates. To split the first floor in half, the spacious hallway will provide public access to an elevator at the rear of the floor. The two hallway partitions have three large, 33-square-foot windows that make both sites visible. The floor should be open to the public by the week of Nov. 26, said the building owners’ managing partner, Donald G.M. Coon III.

“The biggest thing that prompted this is the need to access the elevator from Washington Street,” said Mr. Coon, who acquired permission from Community to complete the project.

“The windows make it a more attractive way of doing it to showcase the area,” he said.

Meanwhile, Community Bank, which shut down its branch Sept. 10 after acquiring it from HSBC, is still seeking tenants interested in leasing the two spaces, which offer 3,000 and 4,000 square feet. Mr. Coon, who has assisted Community with that effort, said no companies have yet expressed interest in moving in. Community obviously won’t recruit a bank to compete with itself, though, because its building at 216 Washington St. is less than a block away.

But the space likely will be attractive to other financial institutions.

“Obviously it’s going to be some kind of financial organization, like a stockbroker or insurance company,” Mr. Coon said.

He also is seeking a tenant to move into 1,800 square feet of vacant office space left behind by Community that is now owned by the landlord.

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is in the process of moving from the building’s third floor to the second, where it has leased 4,200 square feet of office space.

An additional 2,000-square-foot office on the floor has been leased as a branch office to engineering firm Barton & Loguidice, Syracuse.

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