Posted by: mollyrossiter | May 8, 2009

Construction at First Presbyterian

Crews work on a graded area in the back of First Presbyterian Church in Marion. A construction project currently underway will level the alley and the entry, eliminating the danger of iced slopes in the winter.

Crews work on a graded area in the back of First Presbyterian Church in Marion. A construction project currently underway will level the alley and the entry, eliminating the danger of iced slopes in the winter.

There’s a lot of activity going on at First Presbyterian Church.

The church is in the last of a three-phase construction project that started three years ago. With this project the sloped alley and slanted rear entrance will be graded to the same level, providing churchgoers with an easier entrance, particularly in the winter, according to the Rev. Howard Chapman.

There will also be a new door installed in the back, and an elevator shaft for the possible future installation of a new elevator (the church already has a smaller, older elevator currently in use).

“This is on the northwest end of our building,” Chapman said. “When this part of our building was constructed we did not own the parking lot so the door was just a back door. Now that we own the parking lot it’s become more the main entrance.”

The alley leading to the entry is sloped, as is the sidewalk to the door. The area is shaded, so when ice accumulates in the winter, there’s little sun to help it melt.

An added benefit, Chapman said, is that a boiler system is being installed under the new sidewalk, which will help keep that part of the area ice-free.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in June, he said.

(Photo by the Rev. Howard Chapman, First Presbyterian Church)

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