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Ada church plans to rebuild where 113-year-old landmark burned

ADA — The congregation of Ada First United Methodist Church could be worshipping by early 2015 on the site where its historic church burned to the ground last year, according to area reports.

Church leaders announced Tuesday that they’ve decided to rebuild at the corner of North Main and Highland streets in downtown Ada, where members worshipped for more than 150 years until their landmark burned to the ground in March 2012.

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Firefighters battle a blaze at the First United Methodist Church in Ada on March 13, 2012. The church's congregation announced plans this week to rebuild at the site. (KENTON TIMES FILE PHOTO)


Bob McCurdy, a church trustee, said they had considered rebuilding at other locations but ended up choosing where the 113-year-old church stood for numerous reasons.

Using money from the insurance settlement along with numerous donations they’ve received, they’ve been working with RCM Inc. of Findlay to design the new building. Since the fire, the congregation worshipped in the English Chapel of Ohio Northern University.

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