Davis College Buys Blessed Sacrament Church

By Adam Chick

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM EDT

Johnson City (WBNG Binghamton) Davis College will soon own the former Blessed Sacrament Church in Johnson City.

It has big plans for the building that was heavily damaged during the 2011 flood.

Davis College sees this as an excellent opportunity to grow and expand in the community.

In addition to providing the college with it's first chapel..

September's flood severely damaged the church, wiping out a new million dollar kitchen in the basement.

This time around, the college is working closely with engineers to minimize the damage should it flood again.

The church will also provide classroom space and opportunities for students to participate in apprentice ministry programs.

"There will be training, very focused training provided to ministries and churches throughout the region for students to come for very subject specific training. Some of which would lead to preparing for college, but also preparing to go back and be very functionally prepared to go right into ministry," said Jeff Coghlan.

Davis College will purchase the property for about $900,000.

It set up a capital fund with a goal of raising $2,000,000.

So far they've raised about $200,000.

The plan is to put about $1,100,000 into renovations and upgrades for the Blessed Sacrament Church.

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