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Sierra Central’s proposed headquarters a sign of better times

The Sierra Central Credit Union development at Butte House Road and Harter Parkway that the Yuba City City Council takes up tonight suggests better times ahead, the economic development manager for the city says.

"It is a catalyst project," said Darin Gale. "I do believe other developments will look at the surrounding property."

Sierra Central has 14 branches in Northern California, and the Yuba City development, a phased project with three two-story buildings, will serve as the corporate headquarters, Gale said.

Their branches will continue to operate, he added.

Architect Rick Rengel said electric vehicle charging stations and bicycle parking areas have been added to the credit unions plans to comply with the city's new green building code, Rengel said Monday.

City planning commissioners at their Oct. 24 meeting recommended approval for the project development plan. Ron Sweeney, chief operating officer for Sierra Central, told commissioners the development consolidates five administrative sites here for the credit union.

The 132,600-square-foot project covers three phases on 8.2 acres. The first phase would accommodate at least five years of growth before the second phase is considered, Sweeney had said.

At buildout, the project is proposed to have three buildings of 53,600, 42,000 and 37,000 square feet.

Yuba City City Council members will also consider a report from the Downtown Business Association. Tim McKenna, association president, said in a report that sales are improving, some businesses had record sales years and others showed doubt-digit increases in their sales.

Downtown welcomed 12 new busineses in 2012, including Cafe Olivetti and The Theatre Gallery, according to McKenna's report. Eight merchants closed, relocated or retired last year, including Karma Cafe, Yuba City Jewelers and California Red's restaurant, he added.

CONTACT Ryan McCarthy at or 749-4780. Find him on Facebook at /ADrmccarthy or on Twitter at @ADrmccarthy.

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