Fifth Third unveils $16.5M Fountain Square location

Fifth Third Bank has unveiled its new 6,000-square-foot banking center on Fountain Square downtown, which officially opened yesterday.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday for the $16.5 million project, which relocated the bank's branch from the Skywalk level to the Square.

The new branch will include seven teller lines, two ATMs and nine private offices.

The space will also house Fifth Third's City Living Mortgage Office, a move that local market senior vice president and head of consumer lending says not only promotes downtown living, but also Fifth Third's commitment to the city of its corporate headquarters.

"In addition to promoting urban living and homeownership in Greater Cincinnati, the City Living Office is designed to serve as the repository for information on downtown entertainment, shopping, dining and cultural attractions," he says.

Partners in the project included Champlin/Haupt Architects, Inc. and general contractor Hunt Builders Corporation.

The dedication ceremony was held in conjunction with the Fountain Day celebration, featuring music, fireworks, and the activation of the Tyler Davidson Fountain.

Leigh Prop, senior vice president and Greater Cincinnati head of retail, says that the timing was no accident.

"Fountain Square once again is the hub of downtown activity," she says.  "The crowd is on the Square, and now, so are we."

Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Media release
Photograph by Scott Beseler
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