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- On June 8, 2015
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Task continues to help Bridgeport Church
Task Construction has been working diligently on helping to repair the Bridgeport church in Kansas City.
The roof of a Kansas City church partially collapsed after the recent persistent rain.
It’s a building that has a rich history in the city.
Bridgeport Community Church just brought the building up to code in the past year. Now, they’re dealing with another major cleanup.
“It had covered the entire second floor and come down and saturated the first floor as well, so there was not a safe way to do church,” explained pastor Sam Newby.
Newby helped start the church in 2009. When they expanded last year, the historic “El Torreon Ballroom” was the perfect location.
“It captured the spiritual side of things in that there’s redemption in renovating a building, taking something that’s old and bringing it back to life,” said Newby.
The building was constructed in 1927 as the first non-segregated dance hall in Kansas City.
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were just some of the famous musicians to perform there.
Years later, it became known as the “Cowtown” Ballroom for a new generation.
Newby said, “Van Morrison and the late, great B.B. King played here several times so it’s rich with musical tradition and music is a large part of our expression of worship to Jesus.”
Bridgeport aims to offer the space to another new generation. That, however, will have to wait until the repairs are made.
It’s too early to tell how much that will cost.
In the meantime, Task Construction volunteered to put a tarp over the roof to prevent any further damage.
“It’s supposed to rain all week and you don’t really have time to wait for the insurance people to come out. It was just a big relief; it almost made me cry because I was so thankful,” remarked Bridgeport staff member Christie Jessee.