BUDA — Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda is open to suggestions on ways to best use the former Younggren grocery store in the village.
The church is close to converting the building into a community center. The building is being remodeled to enable the church to better serve the community. The church plans on renaming the building the Younggren Center.
At Monday night’s village board meeting, Nathan Chapman, youth pastor for Bunker Hill, gave an update on upgrades to the building. He said the building’s electrical wiring has been completely replaced, and energy efficient lighting is being installed. A wireless network with access to the Internet will be put in place. The center plans on having a small cyber cafe complete with an espresso maker. The center will be equipped with a kitchen and a refrigerator to store the ever popular youth culinary delight — frozen pizza. In addition to food and Internet access, the center will have a carpet bowl area, a pool table and a socializing space.
The center will focus on serving Buda youth and mothers with younger children. In order to serve youth of the community, the center will have designated hours for junior and high school level and others for college-age citizens. The hope is to have the center be used as a safe place for students to hang out following home games/sporting events. The church also wants to make the center available for other community uses and is looking for village board and community ideas. Ideas thus far include using the center to host bingo and other community-wide fundraisers.
Chapman said there is a real community need for such a center. He said his church youth ministry has grown from 15 to 40 members. He also said college students also need a place to meet.
Other remodeling plans for the building include a complete repainting of the building’s interior and installation of a heavy-duty laminate floor. The building’s exterior will also receive a facelift.
Chapman said he may be contacted via email at Nchapman177@yahoo.com. Suggestions can also be made by calling Bunker Hill at 309-895-3106.
In other village board news, Jack Kusek of McClure Engineering told board members he will meet with Buda Superintendent Duane Roberts to survey local roads. Kusek also presented forms that need village approval before being sent to the EPA for a pre-application process for loans for Fiscal Year 2015. Kusek said he will meet soon with the North Central Illinois Council of Governments to go over grant requirements for any possible grants for which the village could apply.
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