There were some mixed emotions expressed for members of the Unitarian Church at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Officials from the church, which had been in the same building on North Sage Street — next door to the local Freemason’s building — since its founding, felt the structure had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer safe for the congregation.
The decision was made to take the old building down, which was done last month, and start construction on the new building.
“The building served its purpose for beyond its designated lifetime,” Galen Gisler said during the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday evening. “We built many memories within these walls that have coming tumbling down a short time ago…but we will not miss the 1940s-style bathrooms.”
Architects Mullen-Heller designed the new building, which Rev. John Cullinan said is scheduled to be completed in late summer of next year.
Currently, the 150 members of the local Unitarian church, plus what Cullinan estimated is about 100 or so contributors and others associated with the church, are meeting at the TRK building on East Road.
The new building will be L-shaped, as opposed to the old, multi-story building that was box-shaped. It will include a sanctuary, lobby and a full kitchen.