HAVERHILL — It’s been years in the works, but the church that serves Armenians across the region has completed the first phase of its new complex in Haverhill near the North Andover line.
The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe will open its new Family Life and Cultural Center this weekend, less than a year after construction began. The center cost $2.7 million, church officials said.
While plans are being made to build a new sanctuary on the grounds, the new family center will allow church members to attend “Badarak” — Armenian for church service — until the actual church is completed next to it on 9 acres that the parish bought in 2000.
Parish members have been attending Sunday Mass at Sacred Hearts Church, ever since their former church, St. Gregory the Illuminator across from City Hall, closed last fall. St. Gregory is expected to be demolished to make way for a proposed restaurant.