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Church project waiting on funding

A virtual image shows the design of the worship hall for the proposed Essex Alliance Church facility in Williston.
A virtual image shows the design of the worship hall for the proposed Essex Alliance Church facility in Williston.

By Matt Sutkoski

Observer correspondent

Everyone, including the pastor and members of the Essex Alliance Church, is still waiting to hear when the organization can get going on building roomier digs in Williston.

The church announced 8 years ago it planned to move to a 54-acre parcel on Beaudry Lane, off Route 2A.

The move hinges on an upcoming anonymous donation of roughly $18 million, which would go a long way toward covering the estimated $30 million needed to build the new church.

The donation was announced one year ago, but Essex Alliance Church Lead Pastor Scott Slocum said Tuesday that it is not in place yet.

He said the donation is still firmly in the works, but the family involved in the donation has told the church the process of arranging the donation is slow, and the family making the donation is unable to say when it will be finalized.

Slocum did not specify what is causing the delay. Once the financial arrangements are complete, Slocum said the church would announce in far more detail construction schedules and other aspects of the project.

Essex Alliance won town permits for the complex in 2012.

The contemporary style church building, with a prominent entranceway and a facade of glass and stone, will rise to a height of just over 50 feet, according to Williston Development Review Board records.

Still undecided is what will happen to the Alliance Church’s Essex property once the move to Williston is complete.