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Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Congregation gets look at renovation plans

Sanctuary face lift, more in the works at church; leaders to share plans Sunday


The Boulevard Presbyterian Church sanctuary renovation committee will present the proposed schematic design for the project to the church in a meeting to be held between services Sunday, May 19.

"We're very excited to be ready to let our church members know what we have planned," said interim pastor the Rev. Tim Jones.

Scott Harper of Harper Architectural Studio has been working with the committee to develop the project plans and will attend the meeting with drawings, Jones said.

The program will be held at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the church, 1235 Northwest Blvd.

"This will be an informative meeting only," Jones said. "We will have information that people will be able to take home with them and look over."

On the following Sunday, May 26, the church will hold a discussion session during which church members can give their thoughts and ask questions about the plans, he said.

The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. May 26 in the fellowship hall. A brown-bag lunch will be provided and sign-up sheets are available in the lounge to help with planning.

The planned improvements for the sanctuary are designed to improve access, Jones said.

"We plan to open up the chancel at the front of the sanctuary, improve the lighting and make it more accessible," he said.

A new, more-accessible entry to the church, through a door off Second Avenue that leads to the lounge area, also will be constructed, Jones said.

"Now people are entering the church through a dark hallway," he said. "This will give us a more friendly and open place for church members to meet and greet each other as they arrive."

The heating, lighting and electrical services in the sanctuary will be upgraded as well, Jones said.

The project is expected to cost between $350,000 and $400,000, he said. The church has raised about one-third of the cost so far.

"Assuming the congregation has no serious problem with the proposed plans, we will move forward with raising the rest of the money we need," Jones said.

The goal is to have the renovations completed in the fall, he said.

The first component of the sanctuary renovation -- a new sound system -- already has been installed thanks to an anonymous donation, Jones said.

The enhanced sound system includes an hearing-assistance component to help church members with hearing loss, he said.

Boulevard now has wireless microphones and the ability to video-record services in the sanctuary, Jones said.