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What’s happening at Legion Way and Jefferson Street?

The former drive-thru Washington State Employees Credit Union branch has been demolished, and now the property owner has plans for a 10,000-square-foot office building at Jefferson Street and Legion Way Southeast.
The former drive-thru Washington State Employees Credit Union branch has been demolished, and now the property owner has plans for a 10,000-square-foot office building at Jefferson Street and Legion Way Southeast. Rolf Boone

The former drive-thru branch of the Washington State Employees Credit Union in downtown Olympia has been demolished, and the property owner has plans for a 10,000-square-foot office building at Jefferson Street and Legion Way Southeast.

Downtown developer and property owner Bryan Kolb said the new building will have two floors. He doesn’t have a tenant yet, although a local accounting group has expressed interest in leasing 5,000 square feet, he said.

WSECU spokeswoman Ann Flannigan said the branch was closed because more members are banking online.

Nearby, some former tenants of the Olympia Flea Market, which closed earlier this month, will move into an existing Kolb building at Adams Street and Fifth Avenue. They plan to occupy an empty corner of the first floor, he said.

A grand opening for those tenants is set for Sept. 22.

Olympia Flea Market co-owner Karla Davis said the market was popular and successful, but the decision to close came down to issues related to people camping outside the building.

Before opening the market each weekend, Davis said she had to clean up human feces, throw away needles, and pick up garbage scattered in front of the building and in the back alley.

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