Catholic church working on plans
A Lawrence architectural firm is working on a master plan for a new building for Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
In fact, members of Michael Treanor Architects should be at working on preliminary sketches this week at the existing church, 703 River.
"We don't have any definite time line yet because we haven't done a real fund drive," said the Rev. Mark Goldasich.
Plans do call for the church to move to an 11-acre tract on the west side of U.S. Highway 24-40, between Victory Baptist Church and West Haven Baptist Church. A Sacred Heart Church sign is on the site, which currently is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City.
"That's just about certain where we would be," Goldasich said.
Preliminary plans call for a church that would seat about 500, he said, compared with the 150-seat existing church.
"Our space is getting very tight," Goldasich said. "We are very serious about looking."
New construction is expensive, so a major fund-raising effort would have to be waged, he said.
"We're not going to be turning any spades full of dirt any time soon. Should any of my parishioners win the lottery and consign a portion of that to us, I'd say we'd be doing it sooner," he said, chuckling.
Sacred Heart includes more than 300 families, and with continued growth expected in southern Leavenworth County, it's likely the parish will expand.
Penciled in on the master plan although not on the immediate drawing board would be space for a school building, Goldasich said.
"That's down the line," he said. "It's so expensive to run a school."