A expansion-minded Greenville-based bank is the anchor tenant for a new office building that will rise in the heart of downtown Charleston’s financial district.

CertusBank announced it plans to open a retail branch and offices at 174 Meeting St. next June. It also plans to build a footprint throughout the three-county region, said Charles M. Williams, co-chief executive officer.

“We think we’ll have a highly recognizable presence here,” Williams said today.

CertusBank will occupy the bottom two floors of the new four-story structure.

A firm affiliated with Atlanta-based Holder Properties broke ground on the project today. The site of the 54,000-square-foot building is just south of Market Street and is now used as a parking lot. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley today called the vacant parcel “a missing tooth” along that mostly developed stretch of Meeting Street.

Holder has been working on the project since about 2006. The deal began to come together when CertusBank began talks to commit to a sizable chunk of space in September. The project bucks broader trends, as builders and financiers have mostly shied away from adding new office space since the recession and the lingering aftermath of the downturn.

See Friday’s editions of The Post and Courier for more details.