Project Approval 3/2015

Main Street United Methodist Church Approves Renovation

Nashua, NH — 3/8/2015 — At a special charge conference (the governing body of the church consisting of all church members), on 3/8/2015 the Main Street United Methodist Church approved a $1.4 million dollar renovation plan to improve the accessibility, visibility, infrastructure improvements, and safety of their 154 Main Street campus. Since their April 2013 decision to remain in ministry at their current downtown location in Nashua, many hours of planning and preparation were required to enable the official vote and approval of the project and its funding mechanism. Three motions were made and approved by the 63 voting members who were present. The first unanimously approved moving forward with the construction of a connector between the church and Wesley Building; the second nearly unanimously approved the taking out of a construction loan in order to begin construction in the near future; and a third approved the creation of a Space Utilization Committee that will evaluate our future needs for all building spaces.

The centerpiece of the new facility will be a new grand entry unifying the church and the next-door education building and providing accessibility to all. Accessibility features include ADA-compliant entry front and-rear, restrooms, and an elevator. Visibility will be improved by removal of the aging store fronts that the church inherited when the church purchased the next door education facility. Infrastructure improvements include addressing air quality concerns in the church basement, air-conditioning for the sanctuary, and introduction of a fire suppression system in the church building.

Since the laying of its cornerstone in 1867, Main Street United Methodist Church has been a place of Christ’s presence and witness to the very heart of downtown Nashua. We seek to live in community; to journey together in faith; and to make a difference in the lives of others both here in Nashua and throughout the world.