WEIRTON - All Saints Greek Orthodox Church celebrated the beginning of construction to add an elevator tower, a handicap accessible restroom, a second entrance and a crying room that will also serve as a nursery Sunday.
Located to the right of the church at 3528 West St., the elevator tower will cost around $500,000 and will have stops at the street level, church level and also in the church's Hellenic Memorial Hall, according to Argiro Latousakis, a member of the church.
Latousakis' husband, Nick Latousakis, is parish president.
ADDITION BEGINS — All Saints Greek Orthodox Church will be adding an elevator tower, a handicap accessible restroom, a second entrance and a crying room that will double as a nursery. Breaking ground at the site Sunday were, from left, Nick Latousakis, parish president; Lou Bernardi of LBRA Architecture; Doug Freshwater, contractor; and the Rev. Frank Milanese. -- Shae Dalrymple
"We started planning this about two years ago, but we had talked about it for decades. We had a ramp before, but we wanted the church to be 100 percent handicap accessible," Nick Latousakis said. "It feels great to finally get started today."
The church was originally constructed on the north end of the city in 1917 before it relocated to its current location in 1947, Latousakis said.
"We're almost a century old, and that's very exciting," he said. "There's been a lot of hard work put into this by a lot of people. We managed to raise the money in about six weeks, so it's been wonderful."
Lou Bernardi of LBRA Architecture and Doug Freshwater of Doug Freshwater Construction, who will be working on the project as it moves forward, were on hand to help break ground at the ceremony.
Latousakis thanked everyone who had contributed to fundraising efforts.