Manassas City Council approved the building of a new chapel at Seton School this month.
The project was unanimously approved by council on Jan. 14. and will be built as an addition to the 38-year-old private Catholic junior and senior high school on Maple Street in Old Town Manassas.
The new building will seat about 177 people; the current Seton chapel can hold around 40 students, school officials said.
The new chapel will be built near the 9000 block of Maple Street and the 8000 block of Quarry Road. It is designed by local Manassas architect Michael Loveless of Loveless and Porter Architect LLC.
The company has worked on several religious structures in the area, including the All Saints Catholic Administrative Building and Manassas St. Thomas United Methodist Church, according to the company's website.
After approving the project, Manassas Mayor Hal J. Parrish, II said he thinks it will be nice to have a chapel in Old Town Manassas.
Two more residents spoke in favor of the chapel during a public hearing on the matter on Dec. 17.
Additionally, the city planning commission reviewed the project and recommended it for approval to council.
The chapel is expected to be completed in time for fall classes.
Read more about the Seton School here.