The new one story building on the church's campus will have a seating capacity of 670.
Salty Church in Ormond Beach is hoping to expand its existing campus by constructing a new one-story building.
The addition, spanning 11,585 square feet, will be connected to the current church structure at 221 Vining Court by an outdoor patio. During the neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Salty Church Lead Pastor Robbie O'Brien showed a video of what the new construction will look like. The project, estimated to cost Salty Church about $3.5 million, will include a new café and a new sanctuary with a seating capacity of 670.
O'Brien said the project has been actively in the works for about a year, though they have been thinking about it for at least six years. The ministry has been growing, with 700-800 people attending three different Sunday services on average. On weekends, up to 1,200 people are coming in and out of the church facility.
For O'Brien, it's also about more than growing the ministry.
“It’s not about the number of people coming, it’s about our ability to expand our opportunities to make a difference," O'Brien said.
The project will increase the number of parking spots on the property from about 70 to 98, a portion of which will be on grass. Some trees will be removed, but O'Brien said they will be replanting more around the property. The new building will also allow Salty Church to stop using the leased space at 200 E. Granada Blvd., for their children's ministry.
“We need to be an asset to the community, and if we’re not we’re failing," O'Brien said.
If approved, construction will take 11 months or less. The proposal will reach the city's Planning Board on Thursday, Feb. 7.