Expansion of a Crossroads church in Mason can move forward now that the purchase of an industrial building was finalized last month.
Crossroads purchased the property at 990 Reading Road for about $1.4 million March 15, according to the Warren County auditor’s website.
The newest location of the interdenominational mega-church will serve its rapidly growing congregation in Butler and Warren counties.
The church expects to spend about $16 million renovating the 129,000-square-foot building and site formerly occupied by International paper, which owned the property but closed in 2008, said Chuck Moore, Crossroads’ director of multi-site.
Construction plans are not yet finalized, but Craig Dockery, the church’s communications director, said the church could break ground as soon as June with a possible fall 2014 opening.
Crossroads held its first public service in a rented room at Peoples Middle School in Oakley in 1996. Since then, the church moved into its current location on Madison Road in Oakley, expanded that building to 262,000 square feet and opened another facility in Florence in 2012. The congregation averages nearly 15,000 each weekend at the two locations.
The church, which bills itself as a “a church for people who don’t like church,” began conducting Sunday services four years ago at Mason Middle School. It now has about 1,200 members, said Moore. That number is expected to grow to 2,500 to 2,800 members with the opening of the new building.
Crossroads ranked 21st on Outreach Magazine’s 2011 list of the nation’s largest churches and sixth on the magazine’s fastest-growing list in 2010. The church began services in Oakley in 1996 and opened its 262,000 square foot facility at 3500 Madison Road in Oakley in 2006. In August 2012, the church opened a Florence branch in the building formerly occupied by Old Time Pottery, off of Mall Road.
Crossroads’s new facility at 990 Reading Road in Mason has a tentative opening date of fall 2014.