Now that Barnabas House has sold, it is time to prioritize work around our campus. We have a great many deferred maintenance projects that need attention and some improvements that will make our church a more enjoyable place to worship – for instance, updated and ADA compliant bathrooms. We certainly have more good ideas than we dollars, so your input will be vital to building for the future. If you would like to join the campus revitalization committee, please email Fr. Sean.
At their January meeting, the Vestry will meet with representatives from a small preschool with which we are negotiating use of the lower floor of Grafe Hall. Through our real estate broker, Kidder Mathews, we are negotiating with Portland Kinderschule (a German language immersion preschool). They currently meet in Fulton Park Community Center, but will lose their space after this school year. Their use of Grafe Hall should not interfere with our parish and community outreach activities. Another dance group has also inquired about using Grafe Hall for their meetings. The Vestry is looking at multiple options to increase community use of our facilities and generate additional revenue to cover building expenses. Stay tuned…
A funny thing happened on the way to fixing the parking lot…the contractor broke the water pipe that messed up the church plumbing for Christmas. That has been fixed, but the parking lot is still not finished. The parking lot is in the final stages of deconstruction to satisfy city code requirements for the Barnabas House sale. We hope this will be the final hurdle in this lengthy process, but I’ve said that before…. Have faith!
I used to pray to God to teach me patience. As we pass the one- year mark on this “Sale Pending” I’ve decided the Barnabas House sale process is my lesson! We believe that a landscaper is on task now to complete the final steps to satisfy city requirements for separating the lots form the church parcel. This includes shifting the parking area on the lower level (between Barnabas House and the church) five feet to the west (toward the playground). We must also add some landscaping on the east side between the shifted parking area and Barnabas House to return it to “residential” status. A timeline is yet to be seen, but site visits, proposals, and so forth are happening. Keep your fingers crossed! —Senior Warden, Eva Calcagno
One of the ways we can help to fill the gap in the budget is to find one or more long-term users for Grafe Hall and/or other parish spaces. We continue to look for a compatible organization that could use the space in Grafe Hall during the week. If you have ideas, please contact the church office or speak to Father Sean.
Assuming that the Barnabas House sale is completed soon, we will receive a payment of funds. The stipulation from the Diocese is that we focus these funds on remodeling our remaining physical plant to meet our current, modern ministry and mission. As Father Sean has joked, in his mind the amount has been spent ten-fold with dreams of fixing this, replacing that, refurbishing something else, etc.
One of the ways we can help to fill the gap in our budget is to find one or more long-term users for Grafe Hall and/or other parish spaces. We continue to look for a compatible organization that could use the space in Grafe Hall during the week. If you have ideas, please contact Scot MacLean through the church office.