A parish center is being built at 218 S. Maple Ave. in Hannibal. The two-level structure will feature 5,400 square feet.
The parish offices will be housed in the new building. In addition there will be ample space for meetings and funeral luncheons.
There will be a kitchenette, restrooms and storage space for parish records on the lower level. The upper level will have a banquet room with seating for 100 people, a full kitchen and restrooms.
With the temperature just above zero on Thursday morning, and a wind chill of at least 20 below, the focus of work was understandably on the interior of the new parish center.
“They’re painting the lower level. They’re painting the offices today,” said Janice Rupp of Holy Family Church. “I think they’re still working on the dry wall (on the upper level). I’m sure they’re doing other stuff, too.”
“I would assume the drop ceiling (on the lower level), but I don’t know for sure,” said Rupp.
According to Rupp, once the drainage system is finished the lower parking lot will be poured, providing conditions are dry enough.
The projected cost of the construction project is $1,047,000.
The money necessary to pay for the center has already been pledged by church members. The pledges were made over the past year during the “Living our Faith, Building our Vision” fund-raising campaign.
Projected date for completion
It was hoped that the new parish center would be ready for use by early 2014. At this point a completion date has not been set.
“We’re not even asking them now because it all depends on the weather,” said Rupp. “What they told me last week was that the building will probably be done before the outside because of the weather. They’re trying to do the best they can.
“They’ve stayed right after it. I appreciate them sticking to it.”
Each week, the Courier-Post is documenting the improvements taking place on the parish center. For more information, contact:
Journalist Danny Henley
Mail P.O. Box A, Hannibal, MO, 63401
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Phone (573) 248-2752
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