Grass Valley Development Review Committee reviewed manufacturing building, approved new office of Sierra Central Credit Union |

Grass Valley Development Review Committee reviewed manufacturing building, approved new office of Sierra Central Credit Union

An architectural rendering of Sierra Central Credit Union’s new office in Grass Valley. The bank plans to move from its current location on 559 Sutton Way, to 1000 Plaza Drive, in June.
Submitted by Robert Wallis/Wallis Design Studio |

A new metal manufacturing business is coming to the Loma Rica Business Park in the near future.

The 9,600-square-foot building will house Recon Steel, a company that produces merchandise such as metal frames and structures.

The 1-acre parcel, located at the northeast corner of Charles Drive and Nevada City Avenue, is expected to accommodate three to five employees, said representatives from Lincoln and Long Engineering, which is the developer of the project.

Nevada County is the lead agency for the plan. But the project underwent a review by the Grass Valley Development Review Committee Tuesday, because the manufacturer is within the sphere of influence of Grass Valley.

The owner of the business is John O’Shea, who currently heads a company in the Bay Area, representatives said.

“He likes the lifestyle down here,” said Dave Long, a principal from Lincoln and Long Engineering.

O’Shea also sells his merchandise in Truckee, Long added.

The proposed plan includes a green metal roof, tan metal siding, a loading door to the north side of the building and a 17-space parking lot.

Long said they will resubmit the building plan to the Nevada County Planning Commission in the spring after taking into account the suggestions of the committee members.

Also on Tuesday, the Development Review Committee approved a proposal by Sierra Central Credit Union to relocate the bank’s Grass Valley office.

Representatives proposed moving the financial facility from its current location at 559 Sutton Way, to 1000 Plaza Drive.

Robert Wallis, principal architect and owner of Wallis Deign Studio, said he is preparing drawings for building review, which will be submitted to the city in December.

If the review is approved, the company will proceed with construction in January, said Wallis. Wallis said the bank plans to start operating at the new office in June.

The new facility, which will measure 3,946 square feet, will be similar in design to the current Grass Valley branch of Sierra Central Credit Union.

Wallis said he would update the exterior of the building so it is in tone with the architectural style of surrounding buildings.

Other plans of the project include a parking lot in the front and to the south of the building. The bank will also add an ATM to the exterior of the building.

“Sierra Central Credit Union should be commended for their use of a local architect and construction team,” wrote Wallis in an email. “It shows a true commitment to supporting our community with their financial dollars.”

In other business, the Development Review Committee conducted a conceptual review of the proposal to add a 33-lot residential subdivision to a Grass Valley neighborhood.

The property is owned by former Nevada County Supervisor Todd Juvinall. SCO Planning and Engineering, Inc., prepared the map and design for the project.

The proposed project is bordered by Glenwood Road to the north and Woodland Way to the west. Nevada Union High School is situated on the west of the property, while Sierra College sits to the southwest of the property.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email

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