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Community First Credit Union to Begin Renovations at New Neptune Beach Branch

By: Maria Coppola, APR, CPRC

Posted on 6/3/2019 5:00:00 PM

Neptune Beach site to become new Community First branch by 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 3, 2019 – Community First Credit Union announces it has submitted its permit application to begin renovations/expansion of a former bank branch location in Neptune Beach. Community First purchased the former Atlantic Coast Bank branch and property at 1425 Atlantic Blvd. in December 2018. The credit union has also unveiled interior and exterior digital renderings to its members and the wider beaches community.

The current in-line shopping center location of Community First at 1650 San Pablo Rd. will move to the new Neptune Beach branch once the new branch is complete in early 2020. The new building is about 4,000 square feet and sits on two acres. It will undergo extensive renovations and remodeling to adopt the coastal design and architectural features of Community First’s nearest location in Jacksonville Beach.

“We are looking forward to beginning construction of our newest branch,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “Our members in Neptune and Atlantic Beaches and the Intracoastal West area will enjoy an innovative and expanded banking experience at this location.”

The branch and property will undergo renovations, improvements and an expansion. Community First will add an exterior tower, a feature in all its new branches. The location will offer members drive-thru teller windows and a drive-thru ATM, which the San Pablo location lacks.

The interior features a redesign for modern banking including an open floor plan, bright colors and advanced technologies. The branch experience includes full- and self-service and assisted service options. Specialized financial experts are instantly available through the credit union’s Expert Nearby solution. TTV Architects will design the new branch and Auld & White has been selected to perform the renovation.

The branch is part of the credit union’s Branch Transformation Project, the institution’s most aggressive and comprehensive branch and facilities upgrade and update in its history which seeks to align physical branch locations with modern banking needs and customer uses.

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 137,000 members and with assets of $1.7 billion. Community First has 19 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information visit