Thanks to Kenai’s legislative team, State Senator Peter Micciche, Representative Kurt Olsen, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, $230,000 was appropriated for the construction of a new mechanical outbuilding next to the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church and National Historic Landmark in Kenai. In addition, the Rasmuson Foundation approved $98,500 to assist with the fire suppression system, sidewalks, and landscaping for the new construction.
This new building houses heating components for the church and a state-of-the-art fire suppression misting system designed to protect the historic icons and artifacts in Kenai’s National Historic Landmark, as well as a restroom, something the church has lacked, and a gift shop.
Construction of the outbuilding began this summer, and Blazy Construction is currently painting the interior and adding all the finishing touches. Completed work-to-date includes design, excavation, sidewalks, foundation, roofing, wall framing, rough in for the fire suppression system, electrical, and drywall.
We are so pleased that the work toward the church’s restoration is continuing with the help of ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska), the State of Alaska, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the long-term support of our partner, the National Park Service. A special thanks goes to Grant Crosby, National Park Service Senior Historical Architect, who has kept this historic restoration project moving forward.
The Holy Assumption parish and ROSSIA are planning to host a ribbon cutting ceremony Spring 2014 when the building has been completed.
Dorothy Gray, Secretary
Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church Council