Eight shovels stood at the ready during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 9100 Heritage Bluff Drive on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Community and church leaders, as well as supporters and church members braved the heat and gathered under canopies set up for the brief speeches and hymns commemorating the event in this Westheimer Lakes area situated in north Richmond, just across the road from Katy.
Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council shared his positive impression on the addition of the LDS church to the neighborhood. “In the Katy area we are always glad to celebrate new facilities, new growth and celebrate this fantastic groundbreaking today,” LaCour said.
Present for the occasion was Justin Beedle, President of Links Construction Company which will be handling the construction. “We end up building a lot of commercial construction projects but nothing is more rewarding than this for us,” Beedle said. Having built LDS buildings in the past he added, “For us it is wonderful to work with construction managers who are honest and ethical throughout the process. There really isn’t a client we work with that has the design of a building at the forefront of everything other than the Church. As far as the foundation goes – it’s built to last a long time,” Beedle added.
Katy Stake President Tim Morris said, “We have spent many years looking for property. The area is in desperate need for more buildings to accommodate the growth of the Church. The new building is a tangible reflection of growth of the Church and an answer to much fasting and prayer to find a site. It enables us to increase the number of congregations to give more people the opportunity to serve the Lord and to bless lives. It also will serve as a beacon and a gathering place in the Katy and Richmond communities from our worship services, to scouting and youth programs, humanitarian relief, and recreation and sports.”
Citing the contract, Morris pointed out that construction is to be done in 330 days from ‘notice to proceed’. “So depending on weather we would hope to be in the building by June of next year,” he said.
John Allen, who was president of the Katy stake for 7 years previously and is now serving as president of the Bear Creek Stake has been involved from the very beginning trying to locate property for this building. “I am very grateful that members of the Church who are now traveling long distances to other buildings will now be able to travel a much shorter distance. I am grateful it’s right in the middle of several large communities so people will see it. It will be visible and hopefully it will create some interest in the Church. President Allen said.
With the strong growth of the Church in the Katy area, the new building will likely be totally occupied by the time construction is completed.