Construction begins on new credit union building in Virginia Gardens

    Ground was broken on April 10 for the construction of a new building for the Space Coast Credit Union. After being initially founded as Eastern Financial Credit Union in the 1980s, the financial institution has been located in Miami Springs at 700 S. Royal Poinciana Blvd.

    However, later this year — completion is estimated for August — Space Coast will move to a new 3,000 square-foot, one-story building with plenty of parking at 6301 N.W 36th St. in the Village of Virginia Gardens. The building site has been a vacant lot since the Victoria Station restaurant was razed about four years ago.

    Victoria Station was unique in its day — the 1970s to the early 2000s — because it was comprised of multiple connected railroad boxcars and, naturally, had a railway theme. It was an extremely popular dining establishment for decades and known countywide.

    The new Space Coast building is a welcome addition to the tax base of small Virginia Gardens, which is almost built out commercially.

    “The process started about a year and a half ago,” said Virginia Gardens mayor Spencer Deno, “and it’s finally coming to fruition. This will be their branch for the area. We’re really happy for the addition to Northwest 36th Street.”

    Said branch manager Esther Jacomino: “I’m really excited about the new building. It will be a lot more comfortable and convenient for our customers. We’ll have safety deposit boxes, more drive-thru lanes and a lot more parking.”

    An employee of Eastern/Space Coast for 23 years, Carmen Tapanes said, “I’ve seen a lot of positive changes over the years and this is the biggest one.”