Citylight Church recently moved into the old Hy-Vee grocery store near Oakview Mall. The re-purposed space designed by BVH Architects and built by MCL Construction gives Citylight a significant presence in West Omaha. Why an old grocery store? According to Citylight, renovating an existing building would provide a better value than new construction, and retail spaces surface as a reliable option due to their availability, comparatively low cost, and ideal locations.
The new space holds up to 1,000 people for worship gatherings. Citylight wants to be a church family, so they've always pushed back against the idea of a dark theater with all the focus on a few professionals on a stage. They want to be able to see each other and worship together publicly.
"MCL Construction was instrumental in accomplishing the vision for this project at a strong value that allowed Citylight to move forward in this new chapter of our mission to multiply disciples and churches."
Going to West Omaha, they contextualized the building to its environment - they didn’t want to try to replicate a traditional church building or their 100-year-old Midtown building. This new space would look very different, yet it needed to feel the same.
When you walk in, you feel welcomed by the openness. There is a large coffee and doughnut bar which serves over 300 cups of coffee and 50 dozen doughnuts each Sunday!
Citylight Church Oak View has an additional 15,000 square feet (8,000 of which was added in a mezzanine above the new kids' ministry and office space) which will be built out in the future as a youth space, additional kids' classrooms, and more office space.
According to Citylight, the response to the West location has been very positive. People love the open feel of the space and the large windows. The facility feels very at home in West Omaha while keeping a similar feel to its Midtown location.