May 29, 2020 Update:
The Building Renovation and Land Sale Committee has been hard at work over the past month. We continue to move forward but the rough waters have not subsided yet. What has happened since our last update?
- We have a “final” schematic drawing for the renovations to the building. After a few meetings and reworked drawings, we feel that we have a workable design that will be inviting and spiritual. However, with challenges making modifications to a building on a cement slab and building code requirements, the renovation budget has increased. We will need to look at a staged approach to get everything done (for example, replacing the deck may be next year). We are excited about the plans.
- The application for the building permit went into the City of Calgary on May 25. Approval may take up to 21 days, but we expect that it will be sooner. Fortunately, we do not need to have a development permit for the work that we are doing on the building. This is great news as development permit approvals take much longer and work cannot start before the permit is approved.
- While we are waiting for the building permit approval, asbestos abatement has started at the building. This expected to take 2-3 weeks and will likely be completed sometime during the week of June 8.
- As a result of the asbestos abatement, the office is now running remotely. Everything has been moved into a C Can on the property. This includes the contents from the two storage facilities that St. Martin’s was renting, as well as the contents from the Calgary Academy. Yes, we have moved out of the Calgary Academy.
- The sign that used to be on the land has been updated and moved to the new building. Now neighbours know that it is the new church home for St. Martin’s Anglican Church, starting September 2020.
- There was a playground on the property which was considered a liability due to its age. This was advertised and sold to a family in Forest Lawn.
- The cement marker from the old church has been moved to the new building. It is currently tucked out of the way and will find a special home when we are finished renovations.
- We have talked to some audio/visual companies regarding sound and lighting in the new space. Again, this will likely be a staged approach, but we are working on a comprehensive plan.
- We have started discussions about cleaning up the yard and plans for beautifying the area.
As you can tell, we are on the verge of physically starting the renovations, following asbestos abatement. However, the extent to what renovations we can complete are contingent on the sale of the land. The land sale continues to move forward but we do not yet have a signed agreement. Continued prayers that this land sale is finalized soon would be greatly appreciated. Our target continues to be to worship in the new space in September 2020, provided COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
“Renovation work begins on our new home!” May 2020.
Photos of floor exploration in the sanctuary:
Photos of remediation prep throughout the building:
As of February 18th, 2020 we have been blessed to purchase a new building located at 1009 Prominence Way S.W., Calgary. Extensive renovations will occur prior to worship services be offered in the new church starting in September.
Parish Update—Findings from the September 15, 2019 Special Gathering of Parishioners
Thank you to all of you who took part in our special parish gathering on Sunday, September 15th. It has been immeasurably helpful to parish leadership to hear your thoughts, ideas and questions. Two options garnered the most votes by far in the straw poll: build and co-locate. Working from what we have heard, we are distilling things down and preparing for a second parish gathering on October 20th, where, hopefully, we will reach a decision as to the path to follow now.
A number of questions were raised about our capital funds in the event of disestablishment (the parish closes and ceases to exist as a practical and legal entity). Those are being researched now and the answers will be shared once we have them. Likewise, comments were raised about the vision for the new space and how it will be utilized, with a clear sense from the comments that it must be open to the larger community and suitable to rent and expand. This has been at the core of the vision for our building for many years. Here is the vision statement that was prepared by the parish in 2011:
Architectural Vision Statement
Grounding values for the project
- Nurture the deep spiritual hunger of people in a reverent, God-centered and sacred space that reflects our Christian faith and where we worship and give glory to God.
- Flexibility and allowance for future development
- Creativity and innovation (through new technologies, etc.) in all aspects of design
- Barrier free
- Sustainable design—environmentally friendly; proactive; within reason and affordable, including low maintenance; Use local natural materials whenever possible to reflect our Spirit of Place, i.e. capture the Chinook winds and arc of clouds; open to Indigenous culture; appreciation for creation, the natural, local flora and fauna [suggestions to consider: rundle stone, limestone, sandstone, fossils, river stone, cedar, aspen pine and spruce woods]
- Hospitable, welcoming, inviting, open
Summary: We desire a place that is reverent and allows for beautiful worship while also being highly flexible so that it can be used by a wide variety of groups and activities during the week and into the future. Our new space needs to be welcoming in all regards and built as sustainably as possible (within the constraints of the building’s purpose and our financial ability) through creative and outside-the-box design that is inviting and captures the natural beauty of our geographical place.
Lastly, our relationship with Calgary Academy is changing. We have received notice that as of June 30, 2020, there will no longer be any storage space for us for anything in the Academy building. Furthermore, as of September 30, 2020, our weekly rent for Sunday will triple. Combined rental costs for the Academy and Knox would be more than we can afford.
We look forward to our next gathering on the 20th of October and will update you along the way as needed. If you have questions, ideas, thoughts, please do connect with the rector or a member of Parish Corporation and Council. If you need contact information, the office will happily provide it to you.
Members of Parish Corporation and Council – Kate Newburn. Karly Astley-Haigh, Jeff Davidson, Lori Bonnett, Mollie Cole, Ken DeLong, Ben Fong, Pamella Manning, Ken Noland and Tim Young
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