Church members and politicians convened Friday on the site of what will be one of the largest developments in recent memory in PoCo's Dominion Triangle.
Slated to open in 2015, the new Riverside Community Church will encompass an auditorium, gym, kitchen, meeting rooms, café, book store and outdoor amenities. A 600-seat banquet hall will also be situated on the site - making it the second-largest in the Tri-Cities after the Red Robinson Theatre.
"This press conference is much more than a sign unveiling; we are presenting our community facility to the Tri-Cities," said PoCo Mayor Greg Moore.
"The building is the same size as Hyde Creek Community Centre and will provide similar services as a community centre."
Other planned amenities include a youth activity centre that can house up to 125 children, an outdoor amphitheatre, counselling services and a 220-seat chapel.
Proponents say the economic spinoff of the development will see about 70 jobs, with approximately 33 full time and 40 part time staff.
"Community engagement is not simply a catchphrase at Riverside - it's a deeply embraced philosophy that shapes the very nature of our church," Pastor Terry Janzen wrote in an e-mail to the Tri-Cities NOW.
"It is this philosophy that drives us forward and necessitates consideration of an expanded, enlarged, multi-function community centrepiece that services not only the need of this vibrant faith community, but extends into our community of Port Coquitlam."
Riverside Community Church is affiliated with the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada.
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