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Church targets extra enrollment with addition

May 13, 2014

Expansion and renovation are common practices as weather finally begins to allow for construction.

As such, Immanuel Lutheran Church is looking to add a 9,030-square-foot addition to its existing structure at 13445 Hampton Road in order to increase accommodations and conditions.

"We're remodeling our child care area. Our child care has been very strong in enrollment since the addition of infant care in 2007," Immanuel Lutheran School Principal Sharon Wallace said. "We've reached our capacity."

The project will consist mainly of the addition of a second story for the child care area. The new floor will have more space for child care, including five new classrooms.

"The building's footprint will only be changing by a few thousand square feet," Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Committee Chairman Fritz Reich said. "That's just bumping the south end of the building out a few feet."

Immanuel Lutheran is currently able to supervise 75 children at a time within its child care program. The renovations will boost that number to 80; however, Wallace noted that while the capacity is increasing only by five, more than that many families will soon be able to use the program.

"We can help more families because we're flexible with schedules. So if someone only needs us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, someone else can have us on Mondays and Wednesdays," Wallace explained. "In total, we have over 100 children in our care, but they're not all here at the same time."

Reich hopes to have construction begin on the project as soon as students are released from school this year.

"We want to do most of the work throughout the summer. We want to get it closed and have the outside work done," Reich said.

Wallace noted that Immanuel Lutheran has made plans to make sure that students are not near the construction areas.

"Most of the construction will hopefully be accomplished over the summer so that when school starts it will be limited to certain areas," Wallace said. "Our child care stays in operation over the summer, so we'll be using space that is normally utilized for church events."

Immanuel Lutheran Church is contracting with Joseph Schmitt & Sons Construction, a Sheboygan company, for the project.

"They've done a lot of work at Concordia University in Mequon and at other schools," Wallace said. "We were able to get good references."

The total cost of the project is expected to be about $1.6 million. Officials note the project will not result in any obstruction of public rights of way.

Immanuel Lutheran's child care services are available to children 6 weeks and older.

Next Step

WHAT: public hearing on Immanuel Lutheran's expansion

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27

WHERE: City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road

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