If you’ve been down Commonwealth Avenue in the past two weeks, you’ve noticed some substantial progress in the construction of a new Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rosemont.
Following some false starts and troubles with foundation work, construction has moved above ground at the site located at 6 E. Masonic View Avenue. Walls are now in place and roof construction is underway.
A year ago, neighbors expressed concerns about the pace of the project in a Del Ray Patch article. Members of the church’s regional building committee said then that they were committed to moving things forward swiftly. Jorge Bracamonte, the project's contact person, said the building would be completed in just six weeks once the foundation work was completed.
However, work below ground stalled. Specifically, there were problems installing piers to support the structure and in dealing with utility companies.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses utilize an all-volunteer workforce of primarily skilled tradesmen and craftsmen for all construction projects. Neighbors said long stretches of time passed where they didn’t see anyone at the site.
In June, city staff and members of the regional building committee hosted a community meeting to address citizen concerns. A member of the building committee said construction would be completed by the end of 2012. The group also promised to be more communicative with the public about the project, though no website has been created to keep citizens abreast of progress. Members of the building committee agreed to look into creating a website at the June meeting.
Are you happy to see progress at Kingdom Hall? Or do you think the project is still taking too long? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.