Work begins on new Sierra Central Credit Union branch in Grass Valley |

Work begins on new Sierra Central Credit Union branch in Grass Valley

Sierra Foothills Construction workers tear the roof from the former site of Perko's, and later Siena's Cafe and Grill, last week.

Construction work on a building that formerly housed restaurants in Grass Valley’s Glenbrook Basin began Thursday, making way for the new home of a Sierra Central Credit Union branch.

The building, which was the former site of Perko’s and more recently Siena’s Cafe and Grill, is located at 1000 Plaza Drive. Sierra Foothills Construction workers began the deconstruction phase of the work on the building just after noon Thursday.

The Grass Valley branch of Sierra Central Credit Union, which currently has six employees and occupies a leased space just around the corner at 559 Sutton Way, purchased the 4,200-square-foot building. The acquisition will offer the credit union — which opened its Grass Valley branch in 1987 — more space, as well as increased visibility and ease of access, said Pam Sweeney, vice-president of community relations told The Union in August.

Sierra Central was formed to serve military personnel at Beale Air Force Base, opening as Beale Credit Union in 1955. It merged with Shasta Cascade Credit Union in 1981, forming what is now known as the Sierra Central Credit Union.

Paul Jun purchased the restaurant in 2003 after the Perko’s franchise’s former owner, Allene Parrish, had insufficient funds to cover payroll, owing $60,000 in rent, purchases of goods and royalties to the Fresno-based company. Leah Fowler bought the business in 2012 and left the national franchise in March 2014, renaming the restaurant Siena’s Cafe and Grill. It was closed down on Aug. 26, 2014, due to health and safety violations.

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, according to Robert Wallis of Wallis Design Studio, the Nevada City based architecture firm that designed the new branch.

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