Sacramento Greek church launches $10 million expansion near McKinley Park

Preliminary work has begun on a long-planned $10 million expansion of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation of Sacramento, located in East Sacramento across from McKinley Park.

The project will take up an entire block, bordered by Alhambra Boulevard, G Street, 30th St., and F Street. The church will expand its school and family center, add parking and will construct a plateia or courtyard for parish gatherings.

Groundbreaking for the main construction work is scheduled for early 2015. Church representatives said the project will take about one year to complete, and is being designed so that no roads will be closed during construction.

The church, founded in 1920 is the oldest Greek Orthodox parish between the San Francisco and Salt Lake City. It hosts an annual Greek Festival.

“This project adds to the East Sacramento neighborhood and to the Sacramento community as a whole,” said spokesman Sam Manolakas. “We take pride in welcoming others into our culture through our church activities and community involvement.”

“It’s time for growth but we are hampered by space,” said the Rev. James Retelas, Annunciation’s priest. “We have a strong, supportive and active congregation and need the space for music, dance, education, ceremonies and events. This is our solution.”

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.