An artist's rendering of an exterior renovation planned at First National Bank in Houston. Extensive interior work also is planned.

A Houston bank announced plans this week for an extensive renovation and new construction at its South Sam Houston Blvd. location.

First National Bank said work will begin soon on a project that includes a new interior look for the building, as well as exterior work that will create a new main south entrance to the bank and ease parking for customers. Additional parking also will be created on commercial property south of the bank that it acquired earlier.

First National Bank opened in Houston in 1987 with about $5 million in assets and has grown to more than $60 million. “We’ve had tremendous support in Houston, and we’re pleased to make these improvements for our customers,” said Eric Wells, president of the Houston bank that also has banking centers at Licking, Cabool, West Plains, Willow Springs and Mountain View. The bank’s board of directors earlier approved this project to address parking, traffic and space concerns. Gentry Construction Co. of Houston is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed late in the year.

“The Houston market has been good to us. It’s time to make some improvements to address our growth,” said Logan Dale, CEO. One of the most noticeable changes will be a spacious new lobby. The project also calls for extensive landscaping and new signage.

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