Johnson Street New Church History
IHM Church began planning for a new church by establishing a Long-Range Planning Committee in 1992. A demographic study of our church community and expected growth provided the foundation for a 20-year plan, which called for IHM to build a new church on land more centrally located for the 1000-plus families currently registered. A new sanctuary was the centerpiece of the plan, which also includes several future buildings. IHM purchased the 32-acre tract of land at Johnson Street and SkeetClub Road for $605,623 in April 1996.
The church paid off this initial debt with a combination of church capital and a capital campaign that raised $700,000, some of which was used to pay property taxes and to hire an architect. Approximately 75% of active members contributed or made pledges to the campaign.
By spring of 1997, the church had hired AAA/WKWW Architects to develop a master site plan, an overall blueprint on how to best utilize the space available to meet the needs of the church through 2017. Throughout the planning process, the church held Town Hall Meetings to solicit input from parishioners. The Long-Range Planning Committee unveiled the first conceptual design plans to the church community in January 1999. The plans, which underwent some changes, were for a traditional cruciform structure that will initially seat 900 with room for expansion to 1,200.
The church launched its second capital campaign in May 1999 to raise $2.4 million. Total cost of construction is about $4.5 million. The initial campaign and a second plea in late 2000 to cover unexpected expenditures raised a total of $2.7 million. In January 2002, the church will add a second collection once a month to begin paying off the remaining $1.5 million debt.
In September 1999, after IHM met the requirement to raise 40 percent of construction costs, the Diocese of Charlotte formally granted IHM permission to proceed with plans to build a new church. By spring 2000, IHM had final building plans approved by the Diocese and, in September 2000, broke ground for the new church.
John S. Clark Construction completed construction in December 2001, and IHM celebrated Mass for the first time in the new sanctuary at 6 p.m., Dec. 24. In a special Mass at 2 p.m., Feb. 3, 2002, the Reverend William Curlin formally dedicate the new sanctuary.