The Bank of Colorado held an open house at its fancy new digs on the corners of highways 34 and 59 last week. Besides the opening of the attractive building, a great addition to Yuma’s city scape along the highway corridor, Branch President Dan Seedorf shared some other very exciting news.

Northeastern Junior College is coming to town, and the Yuma City Hall is moving back downtown.

“We’re pretty fired up about it, to be honest,” Seedorf told the Pioneer.

The Bank of Colorado, owned by the Dinsdale family, began looking into possible best uses for its downtown location when it was decided to build a new facility rather than expand downtown.

Seedorf said the original goal was to convert the downtown building into some kind of learning facility.

Northeastern Junior College out of Sterling was receptive to the idea and began looking to how to make it work at the downtown location.

The City of Yuma got involved when City Manager Scott Moore went to a meeting at the bank along with NJC representatives. Moore said the NJC people were talking about having some paying tenants in the building. City Hall already has several paying tenants, so he got to thinking about possibly have NJC locate there.

The Bank of Colorado held a ribbon cutting with the Yuma Chamber of Commerce during the grand opening at the attractive new facility located at the intersection of highways 34 and 59. (Kyle Rayl)

Since it involved real estate transactions, or transfers, Moore and the council discussed it in executive session.

Eventually the plan formulated in which Bank of Colorado would donate its downtown location to NJC, which would then swap property with the city, with administrative offices, council chambers and municipal court moving back downtown.

The Yuma Public Library will remain at its current location at city hall, which will become NJC’s first-ever satellite campus.

Exact details of how NJC plans to utilize the Yuma site were not available at press time. The Pioneer will be visiting with NJC President Jay Lee after the holidays. The campus will be located right across the street from Yuma High School, whose students take college credit classes through NJC.

Nothing is official yet as all parties involved still have to sign letters of intent. The timeline for when the city will move to the downtown location, and NJC will become operational in Yuma, has not been released yet.

Nevertheless, it is an exciting development for the community.

“I’m not sure what we could’ve done better with the building,” Seedorf said. “It adds overall value to the town.”