The Tabernacle of Praise Church will be rebuilding in Waterways.
On Wednesday, Wood Buffalo Council held a special meeting where they approved rezoning the churches four properties to allow them to build back in the community.
Earlier this month, they bought an additional property, originally used by the old community centre, to rebuild and expand their facilities.
General Informant for the Church’s rebuild Mat Espinosa tells Mix News a sense of relief is finally rushing over but there is still a lot of work needing to be done.
“We’re going to meet with municipal representatives in terms of how they want the building to be positioned on the lands and from there we will then go to the architect, we don’t want to work backwards.”
However, Espinosa notes the first step is finalizing the land sale with the municipality as it all depended on the rezoning of the properties.
They’re expecting to have concrete in the ground sometime this year, possibly before the winter.
“There are six months of winter and that doesn’t mean there are six months of no work – it means you have to plan for six months of winter work,” added Espinosa.
Meanwhile, at the previous meeting, council voted to use the revenue from the sale to build a new community centre.
Councillor Tyran Ault says they will need to first find out what kind of centre is warranted in the area.
“Community centres were something that were built in the past, it’s not something that we’re building in the areas now but Waterways is a unique area under some unique circumstances.”
Ault adds this situation is a good resolution for everyone in the community who wanted the church to be rebuilt with the possibility of adding a new public space.