Collins P. Lee Center

Renovations to the Collins P. Lee Center will be unveiled Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of Northridge Christian Church have been working on upgrading the community center to make it a better functioning building for community projects in Baldwin County. Northridge Christian Executive Pastor, Craig Portwood, said refurbishment and renovation of the center is an extension of the partnership the church has with the Harrisburg community. 

 

Northridge Christian Church is sprucing up the Collins P. Lee Center, 237 Harrisburg Road, thanks to a renovation project the church is sponsoring. 

A brief ceremony to commemorate the project will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

The project originated last year when church members and staff were looking to get involved in a community project. 

"We've worked with the folks at the Collins P. Lee Center in the past on several projects like the community garden, so we all felt it was a good idea to do some refurbishment of the place and make it a better functioning building while continuing to bridge our partnership with the Harrisburg community," said Executive Pastor Craig Portwood. 

Work on the project has been an ongoing process since November 2014. 

"We've been working hand-in-hand with the county through this whole process, and they've been nothing but supportive and helpful," Portwood said. 

The Collins P. Lee Center sits on property owned by the county and is managed by the local recreation department. 

Baldwin County Commissioner Tommy French, District 2, will be in attendance at the ceremony to share a few words on behalf of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners. French’s district includes the Harrisburg neighborhood.

Another big help to the renovation project has been community businesses that have donated labor and materials. 

"We've had incredible support from local business owners, and I don't think we could have made this happen without the labor and resources they've donated," he said. 

Southern Pipe & Supply, Charcool Heating and Cooling, Wright Heating, Cooling and Electrical, and LAV Plumbing have contributed their time and work materials to help the church complete plumbing, heating, and electrical services within the building. 

"Everyone involved in this project has really been fantastic and I hope that the center will be an even bigger community meeting place for schools and organizations in Baldwin County." 

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