Weather conditions — rain, ice, and cold — have hampered construction throughout the region in recent weeks, but work on the new $11 million-plus Westmore Church of God campus is full steam …
Weather conditions — rain, ice, and cold — have hampered construction throughout the region in recent weeks, but work on the new $11 million-plus Westmore Church of God campus is full steam ahead.
The campus, to be known as the Resource Center, will include an upscale sanctuary, Children's Ministry, daycare, and other departments and ministries.
Lead Pastor Kelvin Page recently sat down with the Cleveland Daily Banner to discuss construction progress, provide information on the growth of membership, the origin of the plan to build a new church, and Westmore's overall vision.
He also provided exterior and interior renderings of the new church, staff photographs of workers in cold weather, and aerial views of the construction site.
A more detailed article, with additional photographs, will be published in the Community section of the Banner's annual Progress Edition next Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Westmore's new church campus is being built on the 176 acres of the old Rolling Hills Golf Course site off Candies Lane in West Cleveland, the property purchased by the church in 2007.
There have been other projects on the property, including the $2.4 million Element Building for the college and youth ministries, and a 36-home housing development.
Westmore COG is also in partnership with the Legacy Corporation in the new Legacy Village elderly-care venture, which features care for Alzeimer's and dementia residents.
Westmore also has completed renovations to a duplex on Candies Lane, across from Legacy Village, for new administrative offices. The duplex has an upscale conference/meeting room in the basement for 20 to 30 people.
The big project at present is ongoing construction of the Resource Center on the main campus. This is a central location, between Candies Lane at the Element Building on the rear section of the old golf course. Construction is along the extension of Legacy Drive.
The planning and design of the new structure is by architect Steve Carroll, who has offices in Chattanooga.
The contractor is Tri-Con Construction of Cleveland, with Casson Conn the project manager. Site preparation was completed some time ago, and construction underway over the past several weeks, despite the weather.
Steel framework is rising over the Children's Ministry section of the building, located nearest to the Element Building, at the back of the construction site.
The Resource Center will be linked to the Element Building via technology, which can greatly increase attendance opportunities for special functions or events.
The massive facility, including sanctuary, and the other departments and ministries, is expected to cost $11.2 million. The church purchased the property for $2.3 million, and built the Element Building for $2.4 million, so the new church campus is a $15.9 million project.
A small section on the western side of the property (along Freewill Road), went to the city of Cleveland for wetland needs, and two parcels were sold for home development. The church has retained approximately 119 of the original 176 acres, for the main campus.
Westmore membership has grown by 600 to 700 during Page's 10-year tenure, with the current enrollment just over 1,600.
Pastor Page is hopeful the campus can serve the congregation well into the future.
He and Westmore's administration, and leadership, are also making plans for the church's older, longtime members, in the inter-generational Legacy Village programs.
He said Westmore COG will be a campus "where people can be served at any point, at any age."
Page is enthusiastic about Westmore Church of God's construction, but also about Westmore's future.
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