The Bethel AME Church building that proudly stood at Violet and Henry Streets in Chillicothe for 150 years is ready to travel to it’s new home. Gingerich, the company hired to move the building removed the steeple early last week and later in the week removed the roof in preparation for the move. Over the weekend, the building was lifted from it’s foundation and placed on beams that will carry the structure for the approximate 2 mile drive.
The church will begin the move Tuesday morning by heading west on Curtis Street and at about 10:00 am will turn onto Washington Street and begin the mile and a half drive north to the Hy-Vee parking lot. The building will cross the parking lot and continue west on Springhill. The plan is to cross part of the old business College property and make the corner onto McNally, heading towards Irving Avenue.
If all goes without any issues, the move should take less than 30 minutes.
The Chillicothe Police Department has requested no parking on Washington Street Tuesday morning, from Curtis to north of HyVee, until after the move is complete.
Traffic on Washington Street northbound will be stopped at Ryan Lane and will be limited to a single lane southbound beginning at Springhill.