Bettendorf church receives garage from I-74 project

2012-12-12T03:30:00Z Bettendorf church receives garage from I-74 projectSteven Martens The Quad-City Times
December 12, 2012 3:30 am  • 

Some church donations just won’t fit in the collection plate.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bettendorf received a such donation Tuesday, delivered by truck and trailer from just a few blocks down the street.

The 26-foot-by-40-foot, two-stall garage sat in an alley along 16th Avenue between Grant and State streets. It was one of several structures that Phoenix Corp. of Port Byron, Ill., had been contracted by the Iowa Department of Transportation to demolish to make way for street realignment related to construction of a new Interstate 74 bridge.

Matt DeCap, one of the owners of Phoenix Corp., said the church asked whether the company would be willing to sell the garage to the church.

“When we found out it was for a church, we just told them they could have it for free,” DeCap said.

It took about an hour Tuesday morning to back the garage about 2 1/2 blocks up 16th Street and down an alley to the back of the church, where a concrete slab donated by Hawkeye Paving was waiting.

Grant, Brown and 16th streets were blocked off briefly while the garage was moved.

Hawkeye Paving owner Beau Perkins, a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes, donated the labor and materials for the slab.

Bob Andrews, who takes care of the grounds and maintenance for the church, said the church’s only expense was paying Goodwin House Moving of Washington, Iowa, to move the garage. He declined to say how much it cost.

Andrews said the church plans to use the garage for storage.

“We need the storage really bad,” he said.

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