A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


BECU opening Neighborhood Financial Center at 85th and 1st later this year

June 19th, 2017 by Doree

BECU will open a Neighborhood Financial Center at 101 NW 85th St., in the new Janus Apartments building across the street from Fred Meyer.

The credit union financial center will be more than 3,200 square feet. It is expected to open late this year.

As with BECU’s other Neighborhood Financial Centers, the new Greenwood location will rely on an innovative “tellerless” layout, which empowers members to access their accounts in ways most convenient for them, including ATM, online banking and mobile banking. Member consultants will be available at the new location to provide one-on-one support for opening accounts and more complex services, such as mortgages, personal loans, auto loans, business services, investments and retirement planning. The new financial center will also feature two ATMs with 24-hour access.

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Verity Credit Union opening Greenwood branch in August

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Verity Credit Union is opening at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. sometime in August.

Momentum, a national plan-design-build firm, and SUM Design Studio are constructing the 1,700-square-foot space in a new building at the intersection of Morrow Lane and Greenwood Avenue North.


Verity has launched a new initiative to feature local artists’ work, physically or digitally, in their branches. Verity-Greenwood will be one of the first new branches to feature local artwork.

Verity, which first opened in the Seattle area in 1933, offers credit union membership to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Washington.

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Greenwood BECU branch inside Safeway moving to Northgate

November 8th, 2011 by Doree

The BECU Neighborhood Financial Center at the Greenwood Safeway is closing for good at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The branch will move to a larger space in Northgate, at 551 NE Northgate Way, Suite B, opening at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

Stacie Wyss-Schoenborn, Vice President of Member Solutions for BECU, tells us that the Safeway branch was just too small.

From her email in response to our questions:

As some background, BECU decided to leave the Greenwood Neighborhood Financial Center to provide both our members and employees a better overall experience. With just under 400 square feet, it proved challenging to consistently provide our members an exceptional experience. Additionally, given the close proximity of desks maintaining member’s confidentiality proved at times difficult. The new Northgate branch will be over 3,000 square feet and the existing Greenwood staff will also be relocating to the new location.

We understand the importance of convenience in the service equation and I want to make sure you know about some additional options close to your home. BECU has two Co-Op ATMs a few blocks from your address. These ATMs are free, full-service, deposit-taking and accessible 24 hours a day at the 7-11 stores located at 7314 Aurora Avenue N. and 5900 Phinney Ave N. Also, BECU has a cooperative relationship with Verity Credit Union and you are welcome to use the teller services at their branch location at 4545 Stone Way N to access your BECU account.

BECU works diligently to provide our members access to their accounts and overall financial service support through multiple delivery channels (i.e. online, ATM and telephone) in addition to a branch. Many of our members find they are able to utilize their accounts without having to go routinely into a branch. It is my understanding another financial institution is moving into our vacated space which then prohibits BECU from leaving our ATM. The good news is I believe the financial institution moving into the space is a credit union and it is fairly likely they participate in the Co-Op network which means you would be able to utilize their ATM with no fees.

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Sun too much for PNA’s solar-powered ATM

August 29th, 2009 by Dale

The prototype solar-powered ATM recently installed in the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s upper parking lot has been removed after getting “fried” by too much power coming from its solar cell array, according to the PNA.

All that remains is a gray metal case and the post that held the solar cells.

While the ATM’s design is refined, the PNA is taking the opportunity to design a way to better integrate it into the space, incorporating it into a structure that could include covered bike parking, according to Judith Wood at the PNA. As a result, it may be next spring before the ATM is reinstalled.

“In the interest of doing it well, we’re not going to do it quickly,” Wood said.

The next closest ATM is inside El Chupacabra. There’s also one at the 7-Eleven on the corner of Phinney Avenue and 59th Street and inside Ken’s Market at Greenwood Avenue and 73rd.

This got us thinking about putting together a listing of ATMs in Greenwood and Phinney. We know of several, but we’re hoping you can help out by letting us know in comments or via e-mail of ATMs you use, as well as what fees they charge.

Thanks, artman1951, for the tip! 

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