A more than $3 million expansion project is in the works at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane.
Plans call for adding a 23,000-square-foot family life center on two levels. The new addition would house a gymnasium, locker rooms, bathrooms, new classrooms, and elevator. The current kitchen is to be renovated and expanded from 600 to 750 square feet.
Targeted date to begin construction is May of 2015, the 100th anniversary of the church.
Cindy Daly, business manager for the church, said the current 35,000-square-foot facility is used frequently by many community groups as well as parishioners.
Sometimes a request for using the facility must be turned down because of the lack of space, she said.
The church has a day care for ages 6 weeks to 4 years as well as after-school and summer activities for children up to fifth grade.
"We also have an active youth group for sixth through 12th grade," she said. "We would like to start a ministry that involves sports."
A gymnasium would be a plus for youth as well as seniors who enjoy meeting for exercise, she said.