Church move completed at NCCU

Posted April 30, 2010 11:49 a.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2010 5:29 p.m. EDT

— The move of Holy Cross Catholic Church from one side of North Carolina Central University to the other was completed Friday – a week after it started.

The building was relocated from Alston Avenue to the corner of Fayetteville and Formosa streets to make room for the construction of a nursing school. In its new location, next to N.C. Central’s Shepard House, it will be used as meeting space for the university and the community.

The one-room church, which measures 70 feet by 35 feet, was lifted from its foundation and placed on a platform of steel beams for the move. Blake Moving Co. of Greensboro used 12 two-axle dollies, each of which has eight wheels and a hydraulic jack, to move the church.

On Friday, it was moved a few blocks up Fayetteville Street, requiring traffic to be routed around the area. Electricity was cut to some nearby homes for a several hours as power lines were moved out of the way.