Six years ago, the Journey Church Community set out to create a non-profit, environmentally conscious coffee and music shop in the middle of Eldersburg called The Ugly Mug.
About two years ago, plans looked bleak for reaching a settlement to renovate what was once Nathan Henry's Restaurant, on Sykesville Road.
Then last May, it appeared organizers had come to an agreement with the owners to purchase the building after Journey raised funds for the down payment and renovations.
But Explore Carroll reported Tuesday that Journey has just $85,000 for the project, which will require $358,000 just to get the ball rolling on renovations.
Steve Lowe, lead pastor for Journey and an organizer of the project, told Explore Carroll that the church group's resources have been just about spent, and that the remaining difference will have to come from the community.
"It has been really drawn out, with one challenge after another. The Journey is tapped out," Lowe told Explore Carroll.
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