A Metropolis, Ill. bank is donating its current building and some residential property to Massac County to house some government functions currently located at the Massac County Courthouse. The estimated $3.5 million worth of property comes from Banterra Bank.
The courthouse was a Works Projects Administration project built in 1942 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal administration.
Jeff Weber, chairman of the Massac County Board of Directors, says the old courthouse is in severe need of repairs and looks forward to using the donated property to better serve the community.
“Well I hope to make the best of it for our community," Weber said. "We’re very grateful to the Banterra Bank. The commissioners, including myself, are going to do the best of our abilities to utilize this facility and hopefully save our taxpayers some money.”
“Our Metropolis branch is a large facility that has a sizable community room that we offered for courtroom use to Massac County in April," said Jeff May, President of Banterra Bank, in a news release. "It’s a good opportunity for our bank to build an efficient, state-of-the-art branch to serve the Metropolis community while also donating a modern facility to serve Massac County’s government needs.”
Massac County will take possession of the property when Banterra’s new facility is completed, estimated in June of 2015.