Church plans to rent space from Intermedia Arts
CARAG — Lyndale United Church of Christ has plans to move and will host a farewell gathering March 22, Pastor Don Portwood said.
Portwood said New Wine Church of St. Paul signed a purchase agreement for the Lyndale building at the intersection of West 31st Street and Lyndale Avenue South. The two churches set a tentative closing date of March 31, he said.
Portwood said the 84-year-old church building is expensive to maintain and too large for Lyndale’s small congregation.
“We’ve been trying to get into a more sustainable building,” Portwood said.
Lyndale has shared their building with Salem English Lutheran Church since November 2006. Both churches have congregations of around 60 people, and want to continue to share space.
Portwood said they hope that space will be Salem’s former location at the corner of 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue South. That building is slated for renovation that could include affordable housing and retail, in addition to worship space.
In the meantime, Salem and Lyndale may lease space from Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. That would be a “win-win-win situation,” Portwood said.
Presumably, Intermedia Arts would benefit from the rental income.
A financial shortfall stemming from cutbacks in foundation support led the 35-year-old community arts organization to lay off most of its staff, close its galleries and cut some programming in December. By mid-February, business hours had been cut to just 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and the gallery, media lab and poetry library remained closed.
A call Monday afternoon to Intermedia Arts Executive and Artistic Director Theresa Sweetland was not immediately returned. Messages were left for church leaders at Salem and New Wine Church.