Catholics prepare to build on IL property

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Church hopes to move a building to site in August

By Jane Alford

Indian Land’s Catholic community is moving forward with its plans to build a church on 12.25 acres of land on S.C. 75.


Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission plans to move a modular building onto the site, which is about a mile east of U.S. 521 on S.C. 75 going toward Waxhaw. It is on the north side of the road and backs up to the railroad tracks, which separate it from the Edenmoor development.

The land was donated to the fledgling church, organized in 2008, with the stipulation that a Catholic church be built there within three years.

The church’s building committee met June 15 to review and approve a master site plan proposal from DPR and Associates. The plan will include three phases of construction, along with parking. Initially, a parish building will be placed on the site, along with parking. The second phase of construction will include the multipurpose building and additional parking. The final phase of the master plan will include the church, along with more parking.

The committee reviewed a proposal from Simmons Mobile Home Moving Co. to  move a modular building onto the site to be used as the parish building. It will be used for religion classes and meetings.

Building committee chairman Bob Davies says the building will be moved to the site after the grading work is completed and permits are received, sometime in mid-  to late August.

The committee also met with MCON Construction of Chester to discuss erecting a pre-engineered structure for a multipurpose building and look over architectural concept drawings of the building.

The drawings and photos of preliminary work at the site were on display at a church social after the June 28 Mass at the Indian Land Recreation Center, where the church now holds services. 

The church, which is a mission of St. Philip Neri Church in Fort Mill, will need to get approval from the Diocese of Charleston before proceeding with its building plans.

“Although not all details are completed, the building committee has completed many of the steps necessary to ensure all construction on the site will benefit the current and future parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church,” Davies said.

Donations welcome

The church is accepting donations for the new buildings. It began The Pioneers Club, a fundraising drive to raise money to buy land and build the church last year.

Donations made toward the land or building will go into a foundation, St. Joseph’s Trust, for the purpose of building a church. 

Contributions may be made to Indian Land Catholic Community, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

For more information, visit www.saintphilipneri.org or call (803) 548-7282, ext. 228.