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Freedom from Religion Foundation announces expansion project

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison group that challenges the presence of religion on government property is planning to build a much larger facility for its headquarters.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation was planning to break ground Monday for an expansion that will make its offices four times larger than they are now.

Co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor says the current facility is cramped – and it can no longer house a growing operation.

The group says it now has about 20,000 paid members from around the country, a 130 percent increase over the last six years.

An apartment building is being torn down behind the group’s headquarters to create room for a four-story addition. The group’s existing structure, built in 1855, will be remodeled – and a third story will be added.

Gaylor said a $1.5 million fundraising campaign is paying for much of the project, which is expected to be completed in about a year.