Wednesday, October 8, 1997, Vol. 111, No. 188

By CAMILLE H Second Baptist renovates facility on Walnut Grove New church building starts on Houston Levee Road By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Second Baptist Church has started construction on a $1.7 million renovation and addition to its facility at 4680 Walnut Grove Road. The project will feature a sanctuary and office renovation, a new vestibule, additional parking and expanded outdoor recreational facilities. ìThe project represents the churchís strong commitment to the community and will position Second Baptist Church to meet the ministry demands of the 21st century,î said Dr. Michael A. Smith, senior pastor. The project was designed by Fleming Associates Architects PC and is being constructed by Montgomery Martin Contractors Inc. Completion is expected in six to nine months. A new building for Immanuel Reformed Episcopal Church is under construction at 455 Houston Levee Road. Jack R. Malone Jr. is the general contractor on the project, which is valued at $350,000, according to a building permit issued by the Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement Office. The building will have 11,500 square feet of space. The Church of Latter Day Saints in Millington also is building its first church facility after sharing facilities with other churches for several years. The church has started construction on an 11,000-square-foot chapel with cultural hall on eight acres at 9604 N. Highway 51. The church purchased the property in May 1995 from William D. Preslar for $57,000, according to a warranty deed filed in Shelby County Registers Office. Chris Woods Construction is the general contractor on the project, and Paul D. Gillespie Architects is the architect. Bill Eddings, project manager with Chris Wood Construction, said the new facility will feature classrooms and a basketball court. The exterior will be brick. The construction costs are approximately $1.7 million, Eddings said. He said construction is expected to be complete in mid-July. The new Church of Scientology at 1440 Central Ave., which had its grand opening last weekend, made interior alterations to its building totaling $50,000, according to a building permit. The Anderhart Group was the general contractor on the project. The Church of Scientology purchased the church building on Central Avenue in June from Michael C. Finley for $475,000, according to Shelby County warranty deed records.