First Baptist Church of Jacksonville gets go-ahead for renovations

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville received a building permit Friday for a nearly $1.8 million renovation, repair and remodeling project at its downtown campus.

The church received a city building permit to modernize the Lindsay Memorial Auditorium at 125 W. Ashley St. as the main sanctuary and worship center.  

The project includes demolition of the interior back-of-house area, remodeling the sanctuary, replacing the auditorium carpet, painting the lower floor pews, putting in new restrooms, creating a new choir loft and modernizing the infrastructure, according to the building permit.

In addition, the plans call for improvements to the audio, video and live-streaming capabilities for services and programs.

The auditorium will have a capacity of 915 people, according to the building permit.

Also Friday, the city issued a separate plumbing permit to the church for remodeling work estimated at $30,000.

When the church initially applied for a building permit, the estimated cost of the auditorium project was $1 million, according to the application.

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