Bank of the West gets Green Light to Open New Branch in the Castro
By Waiyde Palmer - Published on November 12, 2012.
Bank of the West has been given the go ahead by the Planning Commission to build a 3300 square foot bank on the first floor of the new mixed use/condo build going in at 2299 Market Street. The property once known as the 'Big Hole' since the last building occupying that space burned to the ground in the early eighties is located at the apex of 16th and Noe along Market, directly across from Cafe Flore. Bank of the West now joins other 'too big to fail' financial institutions Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Chase all doing business within the confines of the neighborhood.
Jubilant participants and spectators took over Market Street during yesterday’s 52nd annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. According to the San Francisco police, an estimated 500,000 people gathered for the festivities.