FLINT — Mott Community College closed on the purchase of Woodside Church on Friday, Oct. 6, officially taking possession of the property. The church is located adjacent to the college’s main campus.
Funding for the purchase comes from bond proceeds designated for improving and adding space to Mott’s existing Early Childhood Learning Center, located inside the church.
The college plans to renovate the building to create a new Family Life Center that will allow for an expansion of MCC’s nationally-accredited and nationally-ranked Early Childhood Learning Center, currently open to children ages 30 months to 5 years old, with the expansion creating slots for infants and toddlers.
The newly-renovated facility will also provide more on campus observation and teaching experiences to college-age students in MCC’s Early Childhood Education Program.
In addition, students and their families will be able to utilize the Family Life Center to access resources and other supports that promote student retention and completion, such as personnel from local human services organizations and agencies, after school care, a food pantry and professional clothing closet, transportation support, cultural and recreational programming, and tickets for community events and activities.
“We are currently putting together a plan and preliminary design for the necessary renovations,” said Larry Gawthrop, chief financial officer. The Woodside congregation has until early April 2018 to relocate. The congregation unanimously approved the sale of the property.
Woodside Church is a 38,000-square-foot building built in