Next spring, the popular farm-to-table Bridge Café in Upland will open a second location in Downtown Marion. The setting at 714 South Adams Street will also serve as a community gathering center offering counseling resources and other opportunities for artisans, students, and more. Below is a press release from P. Eric Turner & T3 Investments, shortly after donating the downtown Marion property and a boost of funding for the project…
July 11, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Turner family and T3 Investments have reached an agreement to donate property it owns in downtown Marion at 714 South Adams Street to a Grant County based not-for-profit, The Ephesus Initiative.
In addition, $30,000 will be donated from the Paul E. Turner Foundation to the not-for-profit for needed repairs and upgrades to the building.
The Ephesus Initiative, a Christian education and community group, led by Nicholas and Catherine Kerton-Johnson of Upland, will be creating a multi-use community space called “The Place” in the building, that will provide opportunities for local artisans, educators, counselors and creatives to connect with youth and families in Marion and Grant County, giving them a chance to discover the arts, urban gardening and cooking skills, design, performance as well as nutrition education, maternity classes for young mothers, family counseling and adult education.
The Place intends to partner with and assist The Crossing, located next door, with their mission of providing a state accredited academic education while equipping students for the future with Job Training and Faith-Based Character Education. They also hope to create relationships through the wider family connections of the students, to offer opportunities for educational and artistic community to those in Marion who may not yet have access to these.
The Place will also be the home of The Bridge Café in Marion, a second location of the well-known farm-to-table café in Upland. This new location will help provide an income stream to cover the overheads of running the building, and will also be used as a hub for community cooking classes, nutrition education workshops, and will provide work experience opportunities for the students from The Crossing.
“We are excited this building can be brought back to life as a multi-use community space in downtown Marion as well as provide opportunities for youth of Marion and Grant County to complete their education, expand their job skills, and help develop their character and spiritual life,” according to T3 Investments President, P. Eric Turner.
“Our family is delighted this building will be used by the Marion and Grant County community, as well as become a hub of activity for young people, as they seek to become responsible adults. Our hope is this facility will positively impact these students, one individual at a time, and help them become productive citizens.” Having the Bridge Café come to downtown Marion is an additional bonus,” Turner added. “We appreciate the vision of Cathy Kerton-Johnson to maximize the use of this facility in downtown Marion.”
Cathy Kerton-Johnson, spokesman for The Place, said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Downtown Marion community, which is one of the most vibrantly creative, positive and motivated groups of people I have known. With talent like there is in Marion, and with the growing number of people who have chosen it as their home and as their calling, we cannot wait to see the blossoming of vibrancy in all areas of community in the months and years ahead. Many people have been pouring their lives into rejuvenating this City, and have prepared the ground for great things to happen here.
We feel privileged to be able to join in at such a vital stage of the growing movement that has had many years of blood, sweat and tears poured into it by dedicated stakeholders. We hope to provide a beautiful space, great hospitality and creative connections for all members of the Marion family,” Kerton-Johnson added.
Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh added, “The City of Marion is pleased to have The Bridge coming to downtown Marion. Their plans for having a multipurpose building in the heart of our Community is exciting and we look forward to partnering with Nicholas and Catherine for many years to come.”
The property was last used as a Nautilus Fitness Center in the late 1980s.
For more information, please contact Catherine Kerton-Johnson (765−212−4920) or P. Eric Turner (317−417−1177)