Image source: Lee County GIS

The area of Bragg Street near Lee County High School and O.T. Sloan Park is undergoing a facelift as the State Employees Credit Union builds a second Sanford location on nearly 3 acres of land at the intersection of both properties.

The new location at the very least will impact traffic flow in the area, as plans submitted to local government in 2016 call for Nash Street to be extended roughly 200 feet to the west along the northern boundary of the property in anticipation of a future expansion at O.T. Sloan Park. That extension means Bragg and Nash streets will become a four-way intersection.

Construction at the site has begun recently, and a source with Triangle-based Summit Design and Engineering Services confirmed to the Rant that the project was one of 27 SECU projects it’s working on across the state. Summit’s website explains that the company has developed three new prototype designs for SECU branches, and the company’s rendering appears to match the plans submitted to local government for an 8,500-square-foot facility.

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Commercial development has exploded along the southern part of Horner Boulevard through Sanford in recent years, and the credit union’s location could be an indication of that growth is continuing north along the city’s main thoroughfare. Although it’s not in a new building, a Fuquay-Varina-based company recently announced they were opening an escape room attraction in the area.

There was no word Tuesday on when the branch will be completed and open for business.