GLOVERSVILLE - The Love City Fellowship's Board of Directors plan to begin $65,000 to $75,000 worth of renovations to its building at 50 N. Main St.
The former Fulton Computer Building was purchased last year from Gibson Data Systems Inc. and served as a location for the Kidz Club when the Fellowship was still holding services at the Glove Performing?Arts Center.
The Fellowship has a location at 521 N. Main St., but will renovate the former book and computer store building to better serve its roughly 250 members and the community.
The Love City Fellowship will soon begin renovations of the former Fulton Computer Building, shown, at 50 N. Main St. in Gloversville.
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Plans for the building include updating the roof, ceiling, flooring and bathrooms. The renovations also include plans to update the kitchen facilities, adding steam tables, serving counter and commercial equipment that will be needed at the location, a news release from the Fellowship said.
The news release said it has brought in Melanie Neelis?- a graduate from Mayfield High School who works with a Boston-based design firm - to begin drafting perspective drawings for the layout and design of the interior. Some of those designs include a stage that will double as a living room environment for weekly gatherings, bible studies and counseling sessions.
"Our numbers are growing at our uptown location and we have a lot of people who walk from downtown and in the winter that can become an issue," Tim Cox Jr., lead pastor of the Love City Fellowship, said. "We are also going to be doing a lot of local community work down there, where it is easier to serve the people that would need it."
The fellowship plans to offer free hot meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as well as a daily morning cafe centered around fellowship that will be open to members and the community, Cox said. He also said the fellowship will be working with other local churches and organizations to operate a food and clothing pantry at the location.
"We want to break down the barriers between one church and another to work together to make an impact in the community," Cox said.
The news release said Love City Downtown also will offer a monthly Friday night Teen Night, focused on getting kids off the streets, positive relationship building and fun activities.
When the renovations are complete, the Love City Downtown also will serve as a second location for the weekly Sunday Worship Experiences and service time for the fellowship will be every Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
Cox said The Love City Fellowship is a non-denominational church that is not formally aligned with an established denomination.
The renovations will begin Jan. 1, starting with a cleanup of the building. The work is expected to be completed by fall 2013, Cox said.
"Everything we do is always open to anyone in the community," he said.