Site work on the parcel slated for a new church in Woodbury was underway this fall as Eagle Brook Church prepares for spring construction.
Plans call for a 75,000-square-foot church near the intersection of Settlers Ridge Parkway and Brookview Road. Construction is expected to take 18 months, said Scott Anderson, executive pastor for Eagle Brook Church.
“We did as much groundwork as we could do this fall,” Anderson said. “It gives us the opportunity to get started on construction as soon as possible in the spring.”
The Woodbury location is the fifth Eagle Brook Church campus. It opened in September 2011, using space at East Ridge High School.
The high school “works extremely well,” said Anderson. "But one of our biggest problems is that we can’t be consistent.”
Scheduling conflicts mean the space is not always available on Saturday nights, he said.
In addition to a more regular schedule, the new church will also provide accommodations for more people. The building will have 1,500 seats, up from 950 at East Ridge, Anderson said.
Eagle Brook Church was founded as a Sunday school by Sam and Ethel Hane in 1948. It now hosts more than 15,000 people at weekend services across five Minnesota campuses, according to the Eagle Brook Church website.
The Woodbury campus will offer weekly services, classes and services for kids.
“We are just champing at the bit to start construction,” Anderson said. “The sooner we get started, the sooner we can move in.”