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Credit union breaks ground on long-vacant FG lot
After years of sitting empty, the high-profile southwest corner lot at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Highway 47 will house a new credit union.
Forest Grove city leaders and Wauna Federal Credit Union representatives held a groundbreaking ceremony at the lot Thursday, Sept. 21.
Wauna representative Josh Rein said he expects construction to start at the beginning of 2018 and for the Forest Grove branch to open about a year from now.
"To have one of the blank spots in our community filled with a building a year from now — that'll be tremendously beneficial to Forest Grove," said Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce Director Howard Sullivan. "Forest Grove will have a different look and feel now as people come into town."
Sullivan is excited by the prospect of the forthcoming Wauna branch as well as apartments and retail spaces coming in east Ace Hardware. He said there will also be new sidewalks near the credit union. The area "is going to be more modern," Sullivan said. "People won't have to walk in the dirt and street."
The credit union offers checking, savings, mortgages, loans, credit cards and financial planning services. It's open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in Clatsop or Columbia counties or in western Washington county. This will be the first Wauna branch in the county.
"Wauna Credit Union branches are found in smaller towns and that's a core to who we are," said Rein. "We believe that financial institutions are there to serve the members, not faceless stockholders who view the importance of a loan as an increase to the bottom line, instead of allowing somebody to achieve their dreams."
Visit https://waunafcu.org or call 800-773-3236 for more information.
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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