Believers’ ‘Hub’ in progress

Published 9:25 pm Monday, July 17, 2017

A Western Branch church that’s more than 40 years old is on track with construction activity that will allow it to relocate to North Suffolk later this year.

Construction of the new Believers Church site broke ground in August 2016 at Bridgeway Road in the Harbour View community, and the work is expected to conclude on schedule this fall. Worship services could begin in late fall or early winter, Believers Church communications and outreach director Heather Carl stated in an email.

“Believers’ new location will be at ‘Hub 757,’” an event center being created for our community,” Carl stated.

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The new site is about a 10-minute drive from the church’s current location on Peek Trail in Chesapeake. A growing congregation combined with insufficient seating in the 32,327-square-foot structure led the congregation to look elsewhere for a place to grow.

The $10.1-million, multi-purpose facility on Bridgeway Road is expected to seat about 900 people, more than twice the capacity of the current building. Building God’s Way of Utah was hired to do the architectural and design work, with contractor C.W. Brinkley Inc. of Suffolk doing construction and financing through TowneBank.

“Hub 757” will have a kitchen, café, day school, a fellowship hall and indoor and outdoor playgrounds. There will also be an outdoor amphitheater and rooms to serve families with special needs.

“It will be available to rent for concerts, conferences, parties, training workshops, weddings, and so much more,” Carl stated.

The church’s Oak & Lily Academy preschool, kindergarten and before- and after-school care will be held at the new location.

“Believers hopes this new location will not only allow us to continue growing as a church but also provide a space that truly becomes the hub of our community,” Carl stated.

Services are currently being held at the Chesapeake location, and that building is for sale and listed by CBRE|Hampton Roads. The facility is priced at $3.3 million and includes 262 parking spaces on a 4.8-acre lot.