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Effort in works to buy, fix up old church



Published: Mon, November 14, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

councilman to gather panel for fundraising

By jeanne starmack

starmack@vindy.com

campbell

High grass and weeds are a forlorn congregation these days on the lawn at the old church building next to the city hall, but that may soon change.

A city councilman who wants to turn the old Faith Temple Baptist Church into a community center says he intends to call a meeting this week for people who are interested in making that goal a reality.

Bryan Tedesco, 2nd Ward councilman, says he is gathering a committee to oversee raising $50,000 to buy the old building. Five acres is included with the property.

“We’re going to talk about what we plan to do to make money and raise donations,” Tedesco said.

The intent, he said, is to turn the building over to the city. The city would then pursue grants to rehabilitate it, he said.

The building was the focus of a similar effort two years ago by a panel that formed at the request of the city’s Ecumenical Council.

That panel planned a youth center, with nonprofit organizations having a presence in the building. Neighborhood Ministries, a social agency in Campbell that had representatives on the panel, proposed to manage the center.

But the plan didn’t get too far. The group wanted help from the city council and administrators to get grants for buying and rehabbing the building. At the time, city leaders were beset with problems over the city’s bleak financial picture and infighting that ended up in court as the mayor tried to replace the finance director. They never gave the panel any feedback on grants, and panel leaders eventually said they were no longer interested in pursuing the plan.

Gerald Hamilton of Neighborhood Ministries said last week that the agency is on board with Tedesco’s plan.

Tedesco said he is excited about the plan.

“I got this in my heart,” he said. “I think it’s going to be the best thing that ever happened to Campbell.”


Comments

1Superstar7(122 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Close Campbell.
Run city services through surrounding communities, all Campbell city taxes sent to those surrounding communities.
Cut off road repair, snow removal, sewer repair & most services until Campbell pays it's own bills through necessary taxes-the Democrats methodology.

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2campbellcitizen(25 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Are you serious? We already have a community center, that this same councilman doesn't care about making repairs to. The park needs so much attention to make it more attractive yet he does nothing to improve that, even tho the money is there. Now he wants to burdon the city with a building that should just be torn down or used for fire training or salt storage. Get real!!!! Help the church purchase it like they asked last year. Then it will show your good "faith"

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