Officials: New Sierra Central Credit Union office to open in summer |

Officials: New Sierra Central Credit Union office to open in summer

This artistic rendering reflects the design of the new Sierra Central Credit Union office in Grass Valley, which officials expect to finish constructing at the end of June.
Submitted by Sierra Central Credit Union |

The construction on a new Grass Valley home for Sierra Central Credit Union will be completed by the end of June, bank officials said. Customers should be able to access the facility in July.

The credit union purchased the former Perko’s site in August with plans to remodel the building exterior, but when problems surfaced during construction, bank officials decided instead to bulldoze the structure and rebuild it from the ground up.

“It’s cheaper to demolish the building instead of putting a band-aid over what is there already,” said Chief Information Officer Steve Henderson, adding that three of the existing walls at the facility were already coming down when refurbishment began in December.

Sierra Central Credit Union CEO John Cassidy told The Union in November that he was shooting for an opening day in June or July. According to Henderson, the goal is to wrap up the construction by June 30, but the bank has yet to decide a day for employees to move in and launch operation.

The new facility, located at 1000 Plaza Drive, is almost 300 yards from the current address of the bank, at 559 Sutton Way, where the credit union has leased a space since 1987.

Henderson said the financial facility searched 16 years for a property that offered higher visibility, better parking options, and easier access for patrons.

The new building would measure over 4,000 square feet and will be owned by the bank. The design of the structure is different from the current Grass Valley office, but it will reflect the Gold Country theme of Western Nevada County.

Bidding began in December, Henderson said. Sierra Foothills Construction, a Grass Valley-based company, is responsible for reconstructing the building. Robert Wallis, of Wallis Design Studio in Nevada City, provides the architectural design for the facility.

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

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