Pastor Bob's Building Blog
November 16, 2016
Your Session took a bold step last evening: they committed us to a contract with Lund Ross for $1,853,946. Many of you work for companies and organizations that have had much larger building projects than that, but I'm still a little stunned by the scope of this project. Let me catch you up on progress.
Before the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program will close on the loan to us, we need to have a thorough survey done of our property. The last time we secured a survey was when we sold the land for the shopping center, more than forty years ago. Chuck McGavern has arranged for the survey, which will happen around Thanksgiving. We will have the drawings back in the middle of December.
Since the terms of the loan also specify that no work can commence until after we close on the loan, we should expect actual demolition and construction to begin in January. As I mentioned at our congregational meeting in October, Lund Ross will probably start with replacing windows, one window at a time. They can't do carpet or painting in a room until they've done the windows in that room, so windows before paint and carpet. Perhaps they'll begin on a set of rest rooms, as well. We are assured that they will do one set of rest rooms at a time – so the others will continue to be available!
Oh, by the way: some of you know we considered eliminating the sewer hookup from the project. We decided not to make that change. A major reason not to eliminate it was you were strongly supportive of doing it. Another reason is that it would not have saved as much money as we originally thought. And a third reason is that the new dishwasher in the kitchen will need sewer, rather than septic system. So: we will connect to the city sewer.
Speaking of the kitchen, our hard-working kitchen wizards have determined what we need in order to get started and have secured a good price for it. We'll have a gas range and electric convection ovens, a commercial quality dishwasher, a new ice maker, and rolling warming carts. There will be other new features, of course, but I find these particularly interesting.
In the course of all this, we discovered that our land is still zoned as "Development Reserve," which is the zoning for land that hasn't been developed yet. It should have been changed forty years ago to "Residential." So one small side action is that we are going to be zoned R-6, or Residential – high occupancy. And thus open possibilities for the future…
You have been very patient. Perhaps you have more experience with building projects than I have. We said we would begin construction in September; we had a ground-breaking in October; now we feel confident work will begin in January. Yet you have continued to send in your pledged money, have asked good questions and made suggestions, but without griping. Thank you for your patience.
Remember: you may address questions to any member of the Project Management Team. We are Doug Avery, Tyler Foster, Betty Johnson, Jerry Magner, Kay Smith, Kathy Sutula, and Andy Zidon. And me!