The Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church has officially broke ground on their Deo Gloria Project as of Wednesday morning.
The Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church was founded 40 years ago and continues to be a local landmark and reminder of the sleepy town Naples once was.
The project came to light about two and a half years ago, according to James Cochran, the church’s director of music of 26 years.
The new church will be able to seat 503 people per service, in addition to center piecing a massive, custom organ. The multi-million dollar pipe organ, built by Lively-Fulcher Pipe Organ Builders, and the reconstructed interior is expected to “drastically change the acoustics,” according to Cochran.
“We’re hoping this project will be done by Easter,” said Cochran. “We still have a few delays to deal with.”
The church currently holds a demolition permit and is awaiting an approved construction permit from the county to begin building their new space.
The demolition project really got started at the end of July, said David Dehnart, an administrator with Gates construction, the construction company spearheading the project.
“We really got started at the end of June,” said Denart. “But it’s a very sensitive project because of the organ. Once its in the space then it will be tuned to the space.”
Cochran said the church is currently holding services in one of their smaller venues on site, but really hopes to have the project completed when season hits and they have an influx of visitors.
“January is when we really get hit hard,” said Cochran.
For now, the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church continues to function, despite the large hard-hat area.
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