CUMBERLAND — The former Cumberland Savings Bank building in South Cumberland, a landmark for many in the area, is being razed.
After weighing many options, the owners of 201 Virginia Ave. were faced with a difficult decision on the future of the building that later became First United National Bank before eventually becoming the home of the administrative and billing offices of Dr. Daniel Jackson, the current owner.
“Due to the updates that were going to be needed and the economic situation with real estate, we chose to have it demolished,” said Mrs. Jackson.
The Jacksons, owners of the The Imaging Center, decided it was better to consolidate the various functions of their business into the properties they now operate at 715 Williams Street.
“We believe the demolition of the building will allow the beautification of Virginia Avenue to continue,” said Mrs. Jackson.
Despite the mistaken impression by some parties that the removal of the building was related to the current push by the mayor to remove blighted properties, the decision surrounding the historic structure at 201 Virginia Ave. has always been in the hands of the Jacksons.
The building was never a blighted property.
“The building served us well for many years,” said Mrs. Jackson.
The Jacksons said they made a lot of good friends in the neighborhood.
“We wish all the business owners success with the ongoing revitalization plans for the avenue,” said Mrs. Jackson.
“They will always have our support,” she said.
Greg Larry can be contacted at email@example.com.