Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bids to go out on church addition

November 21, 2007

The originally planned October starting date for construction of the expansion of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church has passed, but that doesn't have the Rev. Michael Stubbs worried.

Stubbs said the complicated process of finishing details and preparing blueprints had slowed progress but said he expected bids for a construction contract to go out within the next week. Those bids are then expected back the second week of December.

Parishioners have continued efforts to raise money for the project.

Their first campaign, which began in April 2002, raised about $1.3 million.

This past September the church began its second fundraising campaign. Stubbs said the goal is to again raise about $1.3 million.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $4 million, so the church still has some fundraising work ahead of it, Stubbs said.

"It's taken a lot of work and effort and patience to get here," he said. "And it's very exciting, especially when we'll have the machinery out there moving dirt."

The new building will sit on the southwest side of the existing building at 900 Ida St. In the future, Stubbs said the two buildings may be attached, but for now, considering expenses, there may only be an awning.

The new church will seat 950 people, which is good news for the 500 households that frequent the church that currently only seats 500 people.

The project also will give the church new offices and classroom space, which Stubbs said were currently lacking. When services move into the new building, the church plans to turn the existing building into a parish hall.

No completion date will be set for construction until a bid is chosen, Stubbs said. He has estimated the project would take a year to complete.


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