Main Street’s ‘Flying Church’ showing substantial progress

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON— The conspicuous “Flying Church” renovation project on Main Street has been showing progress on its mission to bring a new restaurant, retail and apartment rental space to downtown.

The property’s owner Paul Joffe said he’s been involved in some way in every step of the renovation. He noted that even the architectural board has taken to calling it “the Flying Church,” a nickname for the closed Methodist church Joffe bought in 2012 and raised about 9’ off the ground (then lowered to 6’ 9”) early in the renovation.

Joffe said he’s hoping to be “substantially complete” come this fall. Currently, the project involves installing structural steel and framing, underway by construction company Mark Nelley and Webster. After that the next steps include exterior framing, siding and roofing, interior walls, drywall, finishes, plumbing, electric, heating ventilation and air conditioning, sprinklers, and one thing particularly interesting to Joffe: the steeple.

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