Constructed in 1848, the Baptist Building is one of Fairfax’s most prominent historical structures. In 2016, the Baptist Trustees of the United Church of Fairfax generously donated the building to the Town at no cost. The Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department is overseeing the transformation of the church building into a multi-generational community center.
Our goal is to restore and slightly renovate the building into a space suitable to host a wide variety of activities appealing to all residents of Fairfax. The Community Center will become the Town’s hub for educational, creative, and recreational programming.
What needs to be done?
The building is currently safe and useable for certain community functions. To increase public access to the building however, significant work must first be completed.
A multi-phased plan of improvements has been developed to convert the building from its current church/meeting hall structure to a public multiuse building.
Of the many upgrades included in this rehabilitation project, the priority is to focus on what will allow for earlier increased utilization of the building. Some of the projects identified in the earlier stages include:
• Address drainage issues
• Update heating system
• Meet ADA requirements
• Renovate Bathrooms
• Comply with building safety & fire codes
Take our time, Do it right
Amid the changes that need to be made, our primary concern will be to maintain the historical integrity of the building. Our task will require many changes, but we will insure that every decision made honors the building’s storied past.
How will it be financed?
No taxpayer money is being sought for this project. The Parks & Rec. Dept. is applying for funding through municipal grants. The Capital Campaign will be the primary means of funding for the project. Combined with grants, sourcing donations of materials, labor, and capital will all play a major role in the completion of the project.
Some funding will also come from community rentals of the space. Email firstname.lastname@example.org on how you can rent the space for any of your gatherings.
Want to get involved?
We have the will, we have the building, and we have the plan. All we need is you! There are countless ways to contribute, whether it’s talent, time, or money; if you’re interested there’s a place for you!
Send us an email: email@example.com
Director, Parks & Rec. Dept.
(802) 849-6111 ext. 20