Church turns home into education center
The St. Mary’s Catholic Parish recently purchased the home long owned by Ralph and Janice Starr on the northwest corner of Capitol and Third streets.
The purchase means the church now owns everything on the west side of the 200 block of Capitol. Father Ed Poehlmann said the home is now being used as office space and an educational center.
The home is being used for religious education classes in both Spanish and English, and houses the parish’s youth program. Sister Frances Aldana and lay assistant Ann Rojas also have moved their offices into the space.
“We’re still growing into the space,” said Poehlmann, who noted that the home’s upstairs may be used for more classroom space when an outside entrance is added. No residential uses are planned.
While church programs continue to grow, Poehlmann said the parish doesn’t envision expanding its facilities in downtown Eagle. The parish owns an 11-acre site near the Eagle County Regional Airport. When growth in Eagle and Gypsum justifies further growth of the parish’s facilities, building will start on the site between the towns, the priest said. Poehlmann added, though, that plans for the airport property are still pretty far down the road.
“It just depends on how fast the communities grow,” he said.