A two-way connecting road between the property of the Catholic community of St. John the Evangelist and Lake Andrew Drive is under construction in Viera.
The new road will provide parishioners with a second access route to the church located at 5655 Stadium Parkway, across from the USSSA Space Coast complex.
The road should be finished in a few months, said Reverend John Britto Antony, pastor of the church in Viera.
“We plan to build this connecting road so that we can alleviate some of the traffic jams we experience on every holy day and on Sunday,” said Antony. “This is going to be a great addition to the property.
The road works are part of the church’s $ 3.1 million development campaign that began in September. The first part of the two-phase master plan development project includes the connecting road, improvements for the parking and disembarkation of disabled people in front of the courtyard, new landscaping and two covered pavilions in front of the church, a connector of covered walkway, a drop off on the east side of the church and a new well for additional watering.
Phase two involves the construction of a cave based on the famous grotto in Lourdes, France, Antony said. The cave will also contain the 14 Stations of the Cross, representing the journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary, and a statue of Saint Michael the Archangel, also modeled on the statue of Lourdes.
Certified General Contractors of Melbourne is the construction company for the projects, while CPH Corp. of Sanford is the engineering company and Lyman, Davidson and Dooley, based in Atlanta, is the architect.
Antony hopes the projects will be completed by Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022. “This is my goal, this is my plan,” he said.
Founded in September 2001, St. John the Evangelist today has over 2,600 families.
“Our parish is growing and more and more people are coming, so we thought it was the need of our time,” said Antony.
For more information about the church, visit stjohnviera.org or call 321-637-9650.