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  • Renovations underway at Wesley buildings on Division Street

  • A flurry of activity has been going on at two of Wesley College’s buildings on Division Street, including the college chapel and the Joseph S. Bellmeyer Honors House.
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  • A flurry of activity has been going on at two of Wesley College’s buildings on Division Street, including the college chapel and the Joseph S. Bellmeyer Honors House.
    The Bellmeyer house, which serves as a dorm for a dozen Wesley honors students, is getting a new front porch, while a new roof is being added to the Wesley College Chapel, which houses Hope United Methodist Church, the college’s music department and various community activities.
    Wesley College spokeswoman Jessica Cooke said the porch of the Bellmeyer House, which has served as a dorm since 2005, had fallen into disrepair in recent years and needed to be replaced.
    The total cost of the project is $50,000, which is being supplied by the family of Joesph S. Bellmeyer, a longtime Wesley College trustee who passed away in 2010.
    Meanwhile, the roof replacement at Wesley College Chapel will cost more than $100,000, which will be fully funded through a donation from a 1960s alumna, Cook said.
    “Music was her passion, and because of that, she wants to help improve the chapel, which is where the music department is housed,” she said.
    Yet Wesley’s musicians aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the new roof.
    The Capital Ringers, a local hand-bell ensemble uses the chapel as a practice space, while the Delaware Friends of Folk, a group of local folk music enthusiasts, also hold monthly concerts in the building.
    The chapel is home to Hope United Methodist Church.
    “Hope has been meeting [in the chapel] for 8 or 9 years now,” said church Pastor Steve Lamotte, who also serves as Wesley’s chaplain. “Wesley College is a Methodist related institution so when Hope was planted in Dover and looking for space … {the college] made the space available to strengthen the connection between the college and the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. My role as pastor of the church and chaplain at the college continues to provide an opportunity to reach out to and mentor students, and having a church on campus provides for the spiritual life on campus.”
    Replacing the church’s roof may not seem like a glamorous make over, but Lamotte said it was much needed, particularly given the college’s plans to renovate the building’s interior.
    “They needed the new roof to protect their investment once that happens,” he said. “There were some pretty major leaks inside that needed to be taken care of. Otherwise, they would harm the integrity of the building in the long run”
    Both the roof replacement at the chapel and the porch replacement at the Bellmeyer Honors House are slated to be finished by the end of the month, Cook said.
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