The Kissimmee Church of God has filed construction plans for a new 22,000-square-foot church building that will allow the congregation to grow and expand its ministries.
Pastor Jean Denis told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday the current building at 1320 W. Bryan St. can accommodate a max of about 400 worshipers. The new building will have seating for 744.
"We outgrew our current building," he said. "We've been there since 1993. We want to implement new ministries but we're limited because of space. When we have weddings, we have to go out and rent banquet space."
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Denis said the existing building is grandfathered as a legal non-conforming use, which means it cannot be expanded. Parking is also a problem at the current location, he added. The new site will have 248 parking spaces.
The church began as a Haitian congregation and still offers services in French-Creole and English. The church bought a 5-acre parcel at the southeast corner of Fortune and Marllo roads in 2009 for $550,000, and last year rezoned it so religious services would be a permitted use.
Civil Engineer Pedro Medina, with UniPark Construction, filed a Site Development Plan with the county almost a year ago, and in late December submitted construction plans with the South Florida Water Management District.
Denis said the new building will be large enough to expand the Sunday school and add a daycare with Pre-K. Another advantage of the new site is that it's within walking distance of the city's Fortune Road Athletic Complex. The 36-acre park has softball fields and multipurpose fields.
"The young men have activities all the time, and the park is very close," he said.