Wichita Federal Credit Union plans east-side branch

11/08/2012 7:17 AM

11/08/2012 7:18 AM

Wichita Federal Credit Union said Wednesday it will break ground on a $1.8 million, east-side branch.

The 8,500-member credit union said the 10,000-square-foot branch will be at 9835 E. 21st St. and will serve as its main facility when completed.

The credit union currently operates a branch inside City Hall and another at 3730 W. 13th St.

Officials said in a news release that the new branch will ease crowding at the 13th Street branch and allow it to serve members who live on the east side.

Wayne Warfel, Wichita Federal’s president and CEO, said about 25 percent of its members live on the east side.

“We’ve been promising it for years, and now we’re delivering,” he said.

The new branch will be located near the southeast corner of 21st and Webb, Warfel said, near Cinnamon’s Deli.

It will have four teller stations, three drive-through lanes and an ATM lane.

The credit union was founded in 1940 to serve city of Wichita employees. It expanded its membership about six years ago to include people who live, work, attend school or worship in Sedgwick County.

It has about $78 million in assets.

Spangenberg Phillips Tice is the architect, and Dondlinger & Sons is the general contractor. Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the land acquisition negotiations.

The branch is expected to open in July 2013.

A groundbreaking ceremony has been set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the 21st Street site.

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