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Valleydale begins initial relocation building phasecomment (0)

May 9, 2002


Land is being cleared for the relocation of Valleydale Baptist Church, Birmingham, to a new 44-acre campus one mile from its existing campus, following the conclusion of the congregation’s capital campaign.

After committing to $5.7 million, Valleydale’s congregation made a “first fruits” offering of approximately $700,000 toward the total amount pledged. A portion of the money pledged, $100,000, will be set aside to support local and international missions.

“We want to be a 21st-century church,” said Senior Pastor Calvin Kelly. “When we embarked on a self-study in 1998, we decided the old facilities weren’t reaching this goal. We think our new campus will help us in reaching people for Jesus Christ.”

The new campus, located less than a mile from its current location on Valleydale Road, is under way after community and county concerns were settled.

“We faced two challenges,” Kelly said. “The first challenge was to start off on the right foot with our future neighbors. We feel we have done everything we can to do that by meeting with representatives from three neighborhoods since last August.

“The second challenge was related to Shelby County. That issue was settled, with the additional use requirement approved and our own plan approved by the Shelby County Commission.”

Lee Ann Martin, marketing coordinator for Valleydale, said the commission has given them the green light to proceed with their plans.

“They gave us conditions that we had already agreed upon with neighbors in the community, and we’re ready to move beyond that with excitement.”

The first phase of the building process will be a $15 million multi­purpose facility to be used for recreation space, which will be its long-term function, and for worship and limited educational space.

“It’s a unique structure,” said Kelly. “For worship, we will open up two basketball courts with both retractable and movable seating.”

The old campus, however, will not be abandoned. “For now we will be co-utilizing the space,” said Kelly. “But long-term, we are praying to sell the old campus to a church or ministry. We have had four parties express an interest without even publicizing.”

Kelly expects the entire relocation to be a 12- to 15-year process, with the moving date for phase one occurring fall 2003. “We are committed to doing the best we can to fulfill our mission,” said Kelly. “We want to provide people with the best opportunities to become fully devoted Christ-followers. This is a step toward fulfilling that mission.”

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