UPDATED — A former bank no doubt is a better home for a credit union than a former doctor’s office, and that’s why Medical Community Credit Union is moving.
President and CEO Larry Schmitz says the credit union will be moving to “a true retail banking facility” where Garden Plain State Bank used to be at 1400 S. Oliver next to the Parklane Shopping Center.
Visibility and accessibility are the top reasons for the move, Schmitz says.
“It also gives us the opportunity to potentially have an ATM location.”
There will be a drive-through as well.
Currently, he says that “people have to get out of their car and walk in.”
There will be other new services that the new site will have as well, such as safe deposit boxes that are already there.
“We also don’t have a vault like that building does,” Schmitz says.
The credit union’s current space at 1144 S. Clifton near Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph is 1,300 square feet with a basement. The new space is 7,200 square feet.
“We intend to utilize the space as much as we can,” Schmitz says.
That includes a possible community room in the basement that groups could meet in or the bank could use for financial seminars.
Dennis Fitzroy of Builders Inc. handled the deal for Builders, which owns the building.
Medical Community Credit Union also has a one-person branch at West River Plaza at 2622 W. Central.
More locations are a possibility one day.
“Sometime down the road … we’d like to have that in our plans,” Schmitz says, “but right now this would be it.”