Excavators were out Wednesday, April 2, to get the ground ready for the new $2.2 million Bergen Park Church.
The new 11,000-square-foot structure will help the congregation grow, said Pastor Jim Demolar. It will be built on a 2.7-acre parcel at 31919 Rocky Village Drive. The new church is adjacent to the existing church, which is at 1318 County Road 65. The existing church is getting a new address, too — 31880 Rocky Village Drive.
Bergen Park Church representatives bought the land in October 2010.
A 250-seat sanctuary, a gathering space in the foyer, and more and larger classroom space for children will be features of the new church, said Ryan Rogers, a member of the building committee. The existing 5,600-square-foot building has room for 150 seats in the sanctuary, no separate gathering space for the congregation, and less classroom space, Rogers said.
“We have a lot of young families right now, with kids running around, and it’s great,” Rogers said. “We’re busting for space, and better space.”
Church members looked at remodeling the existing building before deciding on a new one, Rogers said. The new church also will feature a kitchen that can be used for events, larger and more accessible bathrooms, and a larger nursery, Demolar said.
Himmelman Construction Inc. in Lakewood will build the church, which is scheduled to open on Thanksgiving. Church members are negotiating to sell the existing church to an as-yet-unnamed buyer, Rogers said.
Church members took out a loan from Evergreen National Bank to finance part of the building project, Rogers said. Lee and Associates Architects in Denver designed the new facility.