Things are about to get real in the renovation of our church! A full decade after we began the process of exploring the redevelopment of our buildings, and two years after we began our planning and launched the Open Doors campaign to raise the money, 2013 will become the Year of the Renovations.
The process in fact has been so complex, so fluid, that reporting about it has been difficult. Even now, grant applications are being prepared and conversations are continuing as we seek community partners to join us in our efforts. But this much we know:
- In January we will go to tender, inviting four construction firms to bid on drawings prepared by our architects Sturgess Architecture.
- Construction will begin after Easter to install an elevator on the south side of the building, a set of new washrooms beneath the narthex, and a fully accessible washroom on the main floor.
- Renovation of the worship space and downstairs program rooms will take place over the summer months.
- Completion is slated for September.
The entire project is likely to cost $1,511,000. We have raised $1,272,000 to date, a combination of pledged donations and government grants. The shortfall—approximately $239,000—must be made up or parts of the plans will have to be dropped.
And it is not too late to donate! Donations can be made to “St. Stephen’s Church”, marked “Open Doors Campaign”. Tax deductible receipts will be issued for the year in which the donation is received. So act now!