Donora banks will soon be gone

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DONORA – Citizens Bank will follow PNC’s lead by closing its Donora branch in April in a move that will put an end to one-on-one banking within the struggling borough’s boundaries.


The moves follow the decision to close the Donora branch of a First Federal Savings Bank in October in the former industrial town, borough officials said, where the abandonment of U.S. Steel mills in the 1950s ushered in what would become the collapse of steelmaking three decades later in the Pittsburgh region.


“It’s certainly distressing news,” Donora Council President Karen Polkabla said, responding to letters mailed Jan. 25 from Citizens to its Donora customers announcing the permanent closing of its branch at 501 McKean Ave.


“I cannot believe it,” Polkabla said Tuesday.


The letter from Citizens director of retail banking in Pittsburgh, Angela Moultrie, indicated customers’ accounts will not change after the branch closes at 6 p.m. April 26, and referred their walk-in business to branches in neighboring Carroll Township and Monessen. The PNC branch will close on April 19, and the nearest branch will be three miles away in Belle Vernon.



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