The Catholic Community of South Baltimore (CCSB) has started construction on a new floors mission on the higher than 100-12 months-old Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Locust Point. The assignment will update an approximately 20-12 months-vintage blue carpet with hardwood flooring. CCSB Pastor Rev. Patrick M. Carrion instructed SouthBMore.Com the purpose is to repair the authentic hardwood flooring underneath the carpet but, relying on the circumstance, a brand new hardwood ground is also a possibility. Some subflooring can also be repaired. The project will cover about 4,000 sq. Feet. Inside the nave and sanctuary of the church. CCSB is running with architect James Suttner of Rohrer Studios at the assignment. Construction kicked off this week, and the undertaking is predicted to be finished in June. The pews within the nave may be removed whilst the ground is renovated. This will involve getting rid of asbestos tiles on the footing of the pews, in addition to asbestos abatement. There may be a slightly new pew arrangement after the floors are finished. The very last pew inside the lower back of the church is being eliminated to create greater room, a much broader aisle, and a meeting area inside the again of the church near the entrances. Half of the very first pew on the the front of the church, in addition to a row inside the middle of the church, could be eliminated to allow handicap-on hand seating. Along with the sanctuary and nave, flooring will be restored or replaced inside the devotional vicinity, confessionals, and on the steps to the loft.
As part of the assignment, a radiator can also be removed on each aspect of the front of the church, the marble ground might be restored at each alter, and the lector stand will be reconfigured. The floors venture has been in making plans because of Fall 2017. The challenge is anticipated to value $180,000 to $210,000 and will be blanketed by using Our Lady of Good Counsel financial savings and donations. The Sunday mass at 11 am at Our Lady of Good Counsel will be moved to Holy Cross at 110 E. West St. In Federal Hill in the course of the length of the challenge. The floors task changed into in part, not on time as Our Lady of Good Counsel wanted a brand new boiler, which evolved into changed in latest months. All three CCSB church buildings, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Holy Cross, and St. Mary Star of the Sea, which his also in Federal Hill, obtained new boilers inside the beyond yr. In latest years, Our Lady of Good Counsel additionally renovated the corridor in the basement and finished roof and drywall maintenance. Phase One of a new paint task of the indoors of Holy Cross become completed in 2018. This phase addressed the sanctuary of the church. Phase Two, on the way to treat the nave, has been delayed after the church’s boiler needed an alternative. Rev. Carrion informed SoutBMore.Com that Phase Two would possibly not start this 12 months. CCSB is also presently fundraising for an expected $175,000 repair of the bell tower at St. Mary Star of the Sea.