Chapel Hill buys church

Friday, June 25, 2010
Chapel Hill bought this building on West Depot Street and town officials anticipate renovation will cost nearly $45,000. The Lions Club donated $33,000 toward the purchase price and renovation.

CHAPEL HILL - The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has purchased a church building on Depot Street where it's to be transformed into a senior citizens center and a town library.

"The Lions Club donated $33,000 for the renovation and to help purchase the building," Town Administrator Mike Hatten reported in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning.

The building had most recently been the worship center for LifeSong Family Church in Chapel Hill, an offshoot of the mother church in Lewisburg. LifeSong here merged with Grace Church and the combined congregations are known as LifeSong of Chapel Hill.

The town board voted during its May meeting to buy the building and land for $75,000, Hatten reported. Renovation is expected to cost approximately $40,000 to $50,000, he said. Renovation is probably going to begin in October.

No name had been selected for the city building at 206 Depot Street, but it could be transformed in to a community center with a large ballroom so it could be rented as a wedding reception hall.

As the new location for the senior citizens organization in Chapel Hill, the structure will be a tremendous improvement over the center in place now. It's a small block building.

Chapel Hill has no library now, so town officials are hoping to work cooperatively with those leading the Marshall County Memorial Library in Lewisburg. If developed as envisioned, Hatten said the town library would be under the jurisdiction of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Meanwhile, Hatten said, "We have had some positive feedback from the Senior Citizens in Lewisburg and I think there are some joint efforts we could do."

He anticipates placement of a pool table for members and space for crafts, exercise and other activities.

Chapel Hill's Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to meet again at 5 p.m. on July 12 in the new town hall on Unionville Road.