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Credit union to open new branch in Bethlehem Township

Artist rendering of new People First Federal Credit Union to be built in Bethlehem Township.
Artist rendering of new People First Federal Credit Union to be built in Bethlehem Township.

Based on the location of a large number of its members, People First Federal Credit Union of Allentown decided to locate a new branch in Bethlehem Township.

The branch will open in the first quarter of 2015, said Jeff Albert, president and CEO of People First.

Allied Building Corp. of Bethlehem will construct the new 5,000-square-foot single story facility, Albert said.

He did not disclose an estimated construction cost.

Albert said there are a large number of People First members in the area. The new branch will be on William Penn Highway near the intersection with Oakland Avenue. Previously, a First Valley Bank sat on the site, and most recently, it had been a Bank of America branch location.

“It is one of the few properties in Bethlehem Township still available for development,” Albert said.

Services will include a drive-up ATM and full People First services inside, with about eight full-time employees.

Thomas P. Krupa of Allentown is the architect for the project.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools.

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