Work is underway to renovate a 25,000-square-foot section of the former Walmart and Tractor Supply Company building at 1750 Washington Road in Washington, IL. The space is being transformed into the permanent home for Connect Church.
Uftring Chevrolet used the church’s space and the building’s parking lot for nearly a year while its new dealership was being built a few hundred yards away at 1860 Washington Road. The former dealership at the same location was destroyed by a massive fire Jan. 5, 2018. The new dealership opened Dec. 17, 2018.
Connect Church purchased the space in the former Walmart/Tractor Supply Company building in late 2017, but put its plans to move into the building on hold and leased its space and parking to Uftring Chevrolet so the dealership could continue operating at a convenient location that is appropriate for its size.
Connect Church currently holds its Sunday services for about 480-520 each week in the gym, cafeteria and a classroom at Washington Middle School.
Connect Church’s new home will have an auditorium that seats 450, seven classrooms that can accommodate 225, a multi-purpose room, a foyer with a coffee bar and an office for the church’s four full-time and two part-time staff members.