Salvation Army to dedicate renovated church building

The Salvation Army will dedicate its renovated church at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 304 Beatty St., Medford.

The church was built in the 1920s for the Seventh-day Adventists and became the Salvation Army church later in the 20th century.

In 2007, a broken water pipe damaged the property so badly that church services could no longer be held in the building.

In September 2011, Batzer Construction began the renovation project, which included reframing from the ground up. The basement was remodeled and an industrial-size kitchen was added to enable the organization to offer hot meals to the community.

The church received a new roof, upgraded heating and air-conditioning systems, new windows and other energy-efficient features. The entire structure was retrofitted to make it more resistant to earthquakes.

Funding for the project came from a variety of sources, including a $100,000 façade improvement grant from the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.

The dedication is open to the public. Salvation Army regional officers and a Salvation Army band are scheduled to be on hand for the event. A reception will be held immediately following the dedication.

For more information, call 541-773-6965.

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