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Skate World building in Springfield to be resurrected as church

Phase one of the remodel will cost more than $1 million, church leaders say.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 3:33 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:06 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Eugene church is taking over the old Skate World location in Springfield.

Joy Church, a non-denominational Evangelical Christian Church, currently holds services at Regal Cinemas at Valley River Center. They purchased the old Skate World building on Gateway Loop and have already started work to remodel it into a house of worship.

Records show the church paid $2,900,000 for the property.

"The vast majority of our congregation grew up skating at Skate World and really loves that place," said Pastor Jacob Schmelzer. "We knew that in purchasing it that we wanted to make sure the community could still come and gather and be a place for kids."

Along with a sanctuary, Schmelzer said it will also include an indoor playground for kids as well as offices, classroom spaces and more.

Schmelzer said it will be completed in three phases. Phase one will include the youth and office wings, as well as other improvements, and will cost more than $1 million. He said people have already given and pledged a combined $485,000 for phase one and others have volunteered their time helping with the remodel.

"We couldn't have done it all if we didn't have volunteers. It just wouldn't happen," Schmelzer said.

Phase two would include building the sanctuary and lobby. Phase three will include exterior improvements. Schmelzer said they hope to start holding services there once phase one is complete. 

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