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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The effort to relocate an old convenience store has been put on hold, at least for Wednesday night.

The Kathedral Church on Crocker Street gained ownership of the gas station, which they call the Filling Station, four years ago. It was moved from its original home at Fourth and Grand and then sat near the church on Crocker.

Wednesday morning crews began moving it to its permanent home across the street from Kathedral, but rain caused the move to be stopped Wednesday night. The building is off the trailer, but still needs to be set in place.

Church leaders say the building will become a youth center. They hope to draw in kids from the nearby Oakridge neighborhood.

"It's a place where they can come after school. We can help them with their homework. We can help guide them with issues of life. And then the basement of the "Filling Station" will be a place where they can come and worship on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings,” says Pastor Neja Linhart.

Linhart says crews will be back to finish the move Thursday morning.

The Filling Station should open sometime next year.