Church project starts off King St.; parking relief is provided early

       Foundation work is well underway on a new 26,780-square-foot building that will house the new sanctuary, church services and preschool and adult classrooms for Calvary Worship Center.
       Located in a former parking area north of the existing building at King Street and Castle Road, the new facility should be finished by summer 2007, according to Assistant Pastor John VanDerWege
       The most pleasing improvement so far might be the completion last month of the new parking lots east and northeast of the existing building. The added 148 paved parking spaces have ended a situation that existed since construction started this fall in which many of the church attendees had been forced to park on nearby residential streets.
       According to Assistant Pastor John VanDerWege, the early completion of the new lots is part of a continuing effort by Calvary Worship to work with the neighborhood, as well as to ease the traffic flow for its own members. “We're excited about it,” he said, adding that despite the parking crunch he had received no complaints from residents.
       When the project is done, the church will have 260 parking spaces in all; the city had only required 187.
       The next major milestone in the project is anticipated in late December, when the disassembled sections of the new steel building are to arrive from Rigid Metal Buildings in Houston, Texas. Steel is a more economical way of building sharply pitched roofs, VanDerWege pointed out; the steel will later get an earth-tone stucco finish to help it blend in with the neighborhood.
       Calvary has offered services at the 5.44-acre site for eight years. The existing building is a former supermarket that was built in the mid-'50s, VanDerWege said. (An adjoining shopping center, built in the mid-'60s, was later torn down.) The existing building will continue to be used, in conjunction with the new church, to house an enlarged kitchen, a multipurpose room, youth center and elementary Sunday School.

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