A $4 million place of worship is being planned for Colonial Drive in Winter Garden, as a church takes over property that until a couple of years ago contained an appliance retailer and repairer, and was also once a department store.
Mosaic Church plans to create a 78,000-square-foot building at 13375 W. Colonial Dr., using the shell of a shuttered Appliance Direct that was initially a Zayre store.
The project, which involves massive renovation and remodeling in two phases, seeks subcontractors for "all facets, from demolition to electrical," said Brad Bowen, head of Bradley Bowen Development, the project's general contractor.
Bradley Bowen Development specializes in building and renovating churches in the Northeast, with Bowen having taken his company in this direction about four years ago after renovating his own place of worship, The Church of 1122 in Jacksonville.
The new one-story building will consolidate two of Mosiac's current locations, one of which is in Oakland at 608 W. Oakland Ave., and the second in Winter Garden at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St.
Phase 1 of the new construction will create a church with a 1,200-seat auditorium, a "kids ministry area" for 350, a lobby more than four times the size of the Oakland building lobby, a coffee bar and a small amount of administrative and production space.
Phase 2 will provide more "kids ministry" space to increase capacity to 500 children, adult education space, gymnasium-type space for youth, and expanded production and administration areas.
Church leaders hope the Phase 1 construction can be finished in time to have congregants meeting there before Christmas 2016.
Construction on the first phase is planned to begin around March 15, and take up 58,000 square feet. The second phase will encompass the balance of the square footage. Bowen said he did not have a time frame for completion of the total project.