Building Projects Committee Provides Update
February 1, 2016 - The short days have begun to lengthen and the temperature is a mercury freezing -10° F. In Minnesota that can mean only one thing, spring is not very far off! Well… you may think this only a cruel tease, but on the Building Projects Committee we are already anxiously looking forward to hot asphalt and construction workers. In three short months we could be watching trucks rolling into the church yard.
Although the sun stays away obstinately, we have plenty of light on the parking lot now that the first fixtures have been replaced. We are 2/3 complete with the lighting improvements and have found significant savings in both the cost of fixtures and efficiency rebates from Xcel. Our $13K re-lighting project should come in well under $10K when complete. Energy savings from our new LED lighting will continue to reward Redeemer long into the future. The slippery parking lot is much safer because of your faithful gifts to the parking lot project. Thank you!
We don’t often think about it, but outdoor space at Redeemer is a huge asset to the ministry of our church in the community. It is a place where THINGS HAPPEN—soccer, picnics, softball, children’s games and summer ministries, bouncing castles and police cruisers you can actually sit in, bicycles repaired for kids who need them, and neighborhood basketball games. To kids and adults in the neighborhood, the yard may seem a safer visit than the pew. But when neighbors are comfortable in the yard, God will certainly find a way to invite them into his house... and then his family. All of that is intended to say, the dollars we invest in our outdoor property is immensely important to the ministry of Redeemer.
PHASE 1 PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS
By spring we hope to have the remaining $20-25,000 available to contract for the Phase I asphalt project and complete the necessary lighting improvements. The first phase will complete concrete curb and gutter in the garage area, finish garage landscaping, correct major surface drainage issues, and overlay low areas with asphalt as we prepare for future chip sealing. Since the parking lot was surfaced more than 20 years ago, it is critical that rehabilitation of the asphalt lot be done now in order to extend its useful life.
PHASE 2 PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS
Before the end of the summer 2016 the Building Projects Committee will assess where we stand financially and contract additional asphalt work as the funds allow. Work planned in the second phase of the project will reduce the overall size of the north lot, overlay the remaining north lot with asphalt, resurface the rest of the asphalt in the parking lot with a granite chip seal coat, and restripe the entire parking lot. The estimated second phase cost is $68,000. We are hoping to complete a significant portion of the work before winter visits again. We are continually amazed at what God is able to accomplish through our efforts.
Please prayerfully consider how you may support this very necessary work. If you are able to give, you may use either the special envelopes available at the central hall kiosk or your normal giving envelope by marking the amount under “Building Projects.” You may also give online at the Redeemer website by selecting the “Giving” box on the home page. Visit the kiosk in the church central hallway to find more information about the Parking Lot Improvements Project.
Serving Him, The Building Projects Committee