Pictured (right, top to bottom) are Coast Central Credit Union representatives – AVP Member Business Services Phil Sullivan, Member Business Services Underwriter Chris Nelson, Fortuna Member Services Manager Laura Morris, and Vice President and Chief Credit Officer Bob K. Moore. Pictured (left, top to bottom) are McLean Foundation representatives President Dennis Scott, Board of Directors Chair Erin Dunn, Operations Manager Lauren Correll, and Executive Director Denise Marshall. (Submitted photo)

Coast Central Credit Union is the latest community partner to join hands with the Mel & Grace McLean Foundation to support the development of the Gene Lucas Community Center and the surrounding 37-acre complex and outdoor recreation venue in Fortuna.

Coast Central Credit Union’s Board of Directors recently approved a $9 million loan to help fund the McLean campus which will include the Gene Lucas Community Center, Humboldt Senior Resources Center, Fortuna Senior Services, Remi Vista Counseling Services and other nonprofit groups. The McLean Foundation will also have its office at the development, just off Newburg Road.

“Coast Central has committed to a ‘people helping people’ approach since our beginnings nearly 70 years ago,” said Bob K. Moore, vice president and chief credit officer. “We are very proud to join the McLean Foundation in providing services to our community in recognition of Mel and Grace McLean’s commitment to giving.”

“This project is a testimony to Mel and Grace (McLean) and Gene (Lucas),” Dennis Scott, president of the McLean Foundation, said. “We are pleased to partner with a truly community-minded institution like Coast Central Credit Union.”

The partnership with Coast Central Credit Union and other community partners makes possible “the development of a difficult site into something that the community will be enjoying for many, many years,” Scott said. “This will contribute to the progress that is making this development a reality.”

The McLean Campus features a one-mile walking trail around the five and a half acres of wetlands at the site, and an American with Disabilities Act-compliant trail connecting with nearby Newburg Park. The trail system, wetlands, and natural park environment makes the McLean Campus a unique asset to the community.

“There is not another facility in Northern California that offers what we will be offering,” said Denise Marshall, executive director of the McLean Foundation. “This is going to be the central piece for the community, and was something that Mel and Grace always had in their vision.”

The motto for the Gene Lucas Center and the McLean Campus is “To gather. To learn. To be.”

“That is really important,” Marshall said. “This will be the gathering place for the whole community, for people of all ages, to socialize, connect, learn and just be.”

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