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Yolo Federal Credit Union breaks ground

Yolo Federal Credit Union CEO Clyde Brooker addresses the crowd gathered for Friday's groundbreaking. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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April 16, 2011 |

Yolo Federal Credit Union started construction Friday afternoon on what will be a new two-story building at Fifth and G streets in downtown Davis.

The plan is to move in by the end of the year, said project manager Mark Rutheiser.

The credit union will occupy the ground floor of the 7,850-square-foot building and lease out the second-floor offices. Eventually, the credit union may expand its business to the second floor.

There will be 13 parking spaces at the site, which is made up of three lots, previously the site of Hoffmann 76 gas station and car repair business.

An ATM at the southwest corner of the building would be designed for safe access by bicyclists and pedestrians. Cars will have access to a drive-through ATM on the west side of the building.

City staff will monitor the traffic impact of the drive-through ATM for the first six months of operation, project planner Cathy Camacho said. There should be no noise impact from the drive-through, she said.

City staff estimates the project would generate $247,510 in development impact fees for the city. It also includes public benefits such as a new curb, gutter, sidewalk, landscaping and lighting.

Clyde Brooker, CEO of the credit union, said he intends to pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building, but will at least meet the city’s green building ordinance. He said the building will be energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

Yolo Federal Credit Union closed escrow on the property in March 2010, so the project moved through the planning process relatively quickly, said Rutheiser, who also designed the Roe Building across the street at Fifth and G. Construction should have less impact on the surrounding neighborhood than is typical because parts of the building are being assembled off-site, he said.

Stucco, brick and metal will be used in the building design, which is a blend of contemporary architecture and traditional bank styles, he said.

In the original plans, the tallest part of the building stood at 48 feet, but the developer reduced the height to 44 feet in response to neighbors’ concerns, Camacho said. The original proposal did not exceed the city’s zoning standards, she noted.

The compromise, however, is not satisfactory to neighbors, said Dennis Dingemans, vice president of the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association. The association would like to have seen the height capped at 30 feet, which is consistent with the city’s design guidelines, Dingemans said.

He said the lower height is more appropriate for a “gentle transition” to the residential neighborhood immediately to the north and the association is concerned about the precedent set by the 44-foot-tall building.

While sticking with the design guidelines is voluntary, the desire of the neighborhood is clear, he said. “We’re worried about falling dominoes,” Dingemans said.

The association also disagrees with the traffic circulation plan and would have liked to see residential living spaces in the project, he said.

One thing the association is pleased with is the proximity of the building to the city’s underused parking garage at Fourth and G streets, he said.

Dingemans said the association is disappointed with what it sees as the city staff’s failure to communicate the neighbors’ desires to the Davis Planning Commission and the City Council.

— Reach Crystal Lee at clee@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8057.

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