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Cheney Faith Center to erect new church building

Foundation conditions leads to decision to tear down old structure


What began as an expansion to accommodate a growing congregation has now turned into a new building for the Cheney Faith Center.

The city Community Development Department originally approved a 4,278 square foot expansion back in January, a 900-square-foot building expansion and new 3,278 square foot sanctuary. Faith Center representative Chris Segroves said once they began exploring more of the existing building’s crawl spaces they found a number of problem areas they hadn’t anticipated, and decided to take a new approach.

“There was so many things wrong with the old foundation that it was just better to go with a new building,” he said.

At around $650,000 the new construction includes not only an 8,993 square foot building in the current building’s footprint but also paving of the 13,746 square foot parking lot. The project will also include a new drainage swale to treat stormwater runoff from the parking lot as well as new landscaping, trees per city of Cheney specifications, not included in the original extension design.

According to the environmental checklist the new construction will increase the impervious surface percentage at the 36,400 square foot site from 25 percent to 63 percent, with structural infill being “obtained from a local rock crushing plant and approved by Inland Northwest Engineering, Inc.” The church intends to switch from electric to a natural gas HVAC system that “will meet or exceed requirements of the Washington State Energy Code.”

Cheney senior planner Brett Lucas said an amended Mitigation of Determination of Non-Significance review and SEPA checklist went through the public review phase without any additional comment. Right now the city has issued footing and foundation permits and is awaiting additional plans from the church’s architect in order to proceed with building permits and permits for the swale and parking lot.

“We’re hoping to keep them moving along,” Lucas said. “We would hope to have them have the framework up by fall so they can do interior work over the winter.”

Segroves said the church is looking at a completion date of sometime in February or March 2014. Right now they are meeting at the Cheney Middle School.

“Our congregation is growing,” he said.

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