Variety of ideas so far to repurpose Harbour Grace church
With almost 100 responses received, there appears to be plenty of support behind finding a future for an old church in Harbour Grace.
According to the Immaculate Conception Church Advisory Committee, preferences so far revolve around using the building for artistic and cultural activities, tourism, wedding rentals, meetings and educational activities. An online survey was launched early last month.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Falls closed the church in 2014. It’s expected to cost millions to restore the 124-year-old structure. The committee was subsequently established with the support of the diocese.
An overwhelming majority of survey respondents strongly agree with preserving the structure and finding a new purpose for it. Reasons mentioned for wanting to protect the church include the need to maintain an important architectural landmark and preserve the memories attached to it.
“It’s such a beautiful building and an important part of the town,” one anonymous person wrote. “It would be a shame to have it go to waste or torn down. It should be repurposed to be enjoyed by everyone in the town and nearby communities.”
Over a third of survey respondents are from Harbour Grace, according to the committee. People can still fill it out online.
The committee expects to hold a couple of focus group sessions later this month in Harbour Grace to brainstorm and collect more ideas from residents. There will be a variety of invited participants, but anyone else interested in taking part can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 739-1892 (ext. 1). Further information about the project can be found at the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador website.