Construction has started on a large addition to the Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva that should be completed in about four months.
The $2.5 million project, which will add 4,200 square feet, was approved by the Geneva City Council in June. The church, at 227 East Side Drive, needed city approval for variances and because it's in a residential area.
The church knocked down a 6,280-square-foot building and is replacing it with a 10,480-square-foot single-story building.
It intends to use the extra space for its Sunday school, preschool, youth, adult and outreach programs.
There will be six classrooms, a conference room, a lounge, a cafe space, additional administrative office space and a new commercial kitchen.
The church's Great Hall will be refurbished also, as a dedicated space for community meals and large gatherings.
"One of the tests of a dynamic and growing church community is the measure of its need. If the church is touching the lives of people, then it needs additional resources to carry on its many ministries," the Rev. Carl Gray, minister of the church, said in a prepared statement.
About 700 people hold membership in the congregation.
Gray expects the work to be finished by mid-January.
The building also houses another congregation, Fruta de Vida.