Downtown Church announced on its website Tuesday plans to move to the BullStreet neighborhood in downtown Columbia.
The church cited its continued growth as the reason for the move. The church currently meets at 701 Whaley Street in the renovated community center. The center was renovated by Columbia developer Richard Burts. The church was formed in 2014, and met at 1415 Blanding St., where the offices are currently located.
According to church’s website, Hughes Development Corp. has donated some land and the 12,731-square-foot building that was once the Central Energy Facility of the former state mental hospital campus. Greenville-based Hughes is the master developer of the 181-acre project, which includes Spirit Communications Park .
The church, which plans to invest about $2 million for the renovation, does not intend for the new building to be a typical church structure; it will maintain the industrial look original to the building and feature a stage situated in front of a roll-up garage door to support indoor and outdoor events, according to a press release.
The church, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), told its members on its website that over the past 60 days it polled a number of families and individuals about the possibility of renovating the BullStreet campus building.
The church plans to move into its new home early next year, according to a press release.
The article was updated at 4:56 p.m. today to clarify that the church will not be located in The Commons at BullStreet, the 31-acre retail development inside the BullStreet neighborhood.