A groundbreaking was held for the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Buffalo’s east side.
Construction is now underway on a two-story building that will seat approximately 700 congregation members.
Church leaders say the new space will also provide new services to the community.
The church worked for three years planning and raising money for the new building.
The community center will provide family activities just blocks from the recent shooting on William St. that killed a 12-year-old boy.