New London — The 61 Bank St. building that for decades was home to Liberty Bank will house a new tenant in the coming weeks. The Women’s Business Development Council, a nonprofit group founded in 1997 and dedicated to providing entrepreneurial and financial education services with a focus on women, plans to lease the street-level space in the building.

The group operates three Women’s Business Centers, through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, located in Stamford, New Haven and for the past five years at a 300 State St. office.

Women’s Business Development Council founder and CEO Fran Pastore said the organization had not only outgrown its current space but was in search of a location “in the heart of the business district.”

“We wanted a place to really be part of the community and part of the excitement,” she said.

The group has partnered with the city and is the recipient of a $256,000 grant through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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