‘Round bank’ on Sixth needed good occupant
The "round bank" on Sixth Avenue at Fourteenth Street(s) in Decatur is unique to the city's architecture, and the spit of land, or island, on which it sits is unique, too. It is between a major traffic artery, Fourteenth Street Southeast, and less traveled Fourteenth Street Southeast.
Long-time residents knew the building, built in 1970, as a branch of First Federal Savings and Loan Association, which later became a bank. With merger, it took the Union Planters name and in 2002 merged with Regions Bank.
Regions closed the branch in 2005, which detracted both from Sixth Avenue, the Fourteenth streets and the building.
Now Peoples Bank of North Alabama, with headquarters in Cullman, is ready to bring it back to life this month. Peoples' John Whitley is right, the "round bank" is a Decatur landmark.
We're glad it's coming back as a bank and will resume its role as an active participant in Sixth Avenue's business life.