Sierra Credit Central Union to relocate to new location on Plaza Drive |

Sierra Credit Central Union to relocate to new location on Plaza Drive

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 |

Sierra Credit Central Union will be moving to a new location in Grass Valley in 2016 after 28 years in its current office.

“I have been the CEO of Sierra Credit Central Union for 15 years,” said Chief Executive Officer John Cassidy, “and we have been trying to find a better and more modern facility for the 5,000 member customers in Grass Valley since I started at the bank.”

The financial facility will move from 559 Sutton Way to a building on 1000 Plaza Drive. Cassidy said if weather permitting, the new office will open for business in June or July of next year.

The property to which the bank is relocating was formerly occupied by Siena’s Cafe and Grill, which county health officials shut down for health and safety violations in August 2014.

Grass Valley’s Development Review Committee approved the design review of the project during a meeting last Tuesday.

Community Development Director Thomas Last said the committee was impressed by the design submitted by the bank because it embodies elements that reflect the Gold Country theme of western Nevada County.

“It’s going to be a nice looking building that incorporates the architectural transformation in Glenbrook Basin,” said Last.

Though no established architectural theme exists in Grass Valley, the city has been focused on transforming some of the buildings in Glenbrook Basin to reflect Gold Country themes, according to city documents.

The relocation has been a plan in progress. Cassidy said the company’s current office is “outdated” and “small.” The company has been looking for a state-of-the-art, modern facility to move its operations.

“The new branch will be updated with the latest technology in a better environment,” said Cassidy. “We are very excited to make that available.”

Though the new location of the building is not far from its current address, Cassidy said it would be more accessible and visible to customers.

“People will be able to come in through both sides of Sutton Way,” said Cassidy.

The bank is currently “tucked away within a shopping center,” said Last. “Now they will be in a building where they will be the only tenant.”

The 3,946 square-feet new facility will house seven employees, Cassidy said. It will include an ATM machine on the exterior of the building, which will also be equipped with a parking lot in the front and to the south.

The entire project expects to cost $3 million, Cassidy said. Most of the work consists of remodeling of the existing space. Robert Wallis, principal architect of the project and owner of Wallis Design Studio, said he plans to submit the building review to the city in December.

Wallis expects to start the construction in January if the city approves the building review, which is an examination conducted by city staff to decide whether the building construction complies with the city code.

Sierra Central Credit Union currently operates 17 offices, including branches in Yuba City, Auburn, Grass Valley and Marysville.

It started as Beale Credit Union in 1955 at Beale Air Force Base to serve military personnel. In 1981, the bank merged with Shasta Cascade Credit Union to become Sierra Central Credit Union.

“It will be a phenomenal add-on,” Cassidy said. “We are really excited.”

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

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