Community members will gather tonight for a ground breaking banquet to celebrate the future of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Village in Chapel Hill.
The church will relocate from 101 South Merritt Mill Road to 20.4 acres between Rogers Road and Purefoy Drive.
The project will be more than a new worship center. It will also include a family center, affordable housing for senior residents and families, a banquet hall and a sanctuary.
If approved, the project will be completed in three phases and will cost between $25 and $30 million, Senior Pastor Thomas Nixon said.
“We are very early in the building process and these are just rough estimates,” Nixon said.
The cost of the project will be covered by contributions, partnerships and loans, he said.
The St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will work with religious groups and independent contractors to build and operate the affordable housing project and a health center, Nixon said.
The partnerships will bring savings while leaving the church majority ownership, he said. He said the housing and health center are intended for community members in need, not just church members.
“The entire community will benefit from the project,” said Curtis Jackson, building project co-chairman.