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Construction equipment lines the site of the new building for Carlisle United Methodist Church.

Carlisle United Methodist Church hopes its new building on South Spring Garden Street will be under roof this summer, with a move-in date coming in 2020.

Work at the site has continued through the winter, according to Jeff Barnes, chairman of the church’s building committee. As a result, the site work contractor, John Gleim Excavating, has been able to focus on the installation of underground utilities and storm drains.

Water and sewer installations have been completed from the intersection of South Spring Garden and East Baltimore streets, and UGI has installed natural gas service, Barnes said.

Utility work is continuing along with preparation for the foundation work for the building, which is expected to begin next week with the masonry walls starting soon thereafter. The building is expected to be under roof in July, according to the anticipated construction schedule Barnes shared.

Curbing and sidewalk installation along East Baltimore Street are planned for late March and may continue into April. Initial paving of East Baltimore Street and the church driveway is anticipated in June, Barnes wrote in an update to church members.

According to the construction schedule, interior work on the building will continue through the fall and winter for an anticipated move-in date in spring 2020.

The construction marks the next step in the journey that began in 2013 when when Allison United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church merged to form Carlisle United Methodist Church.

The unified congregation has been meeting at the former Grace United Methodist Church at the corner of South West and West Pomfret streets in Carlisle

The church purchased the former Smith Farm in 2016 on which it is building a 61,490-square-foot, single-story church facility with a 500-seat worship center, adult and community rooms, youth and children’s ministry spaces, nursery, offices, a gym equipped for basketball and volleyball and a kitchen/cafe. The facility also includes a new space for the church’s Little Lights day care and preschool.

Outdoor recreation spaces will also be built that include softball and soccer fields as well as a picnic pavilion and a fenced-in playground.

The church will also finish East Baltimore Street on behalf of the borough, ending the public street in a cul-de-sac. Utilities will be extended beneath the street. A sidewalk will be located on the south side, and curbs and street lights will be installed.

The street will then be dedicated to the borough for future maintenance and snow removal.

Initially, the church will develop about 15 acres of the 25-acres it has purchased. Future outdoor ministry areas will include large patios, an amphitheater in the woods, a prayer walk and hiking trail, wildflower meadows and an outdoor classroom.

The church also has a dream of creating a nonprofit campus on the remaining 65 acres of the property.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.