February Sanctuary Update

February Sanctuary Update

The New Sanctuary Construction Committee, a subcommittee of the Property Use Group (PUG), focused its efforts this past month on work with our architect to provide additional materials requested by the new City of Costa Mesa planner. Once review of the materials is completed by the planner, we hope the project will finally move closer toward the City granting our building permit. Our team is patiently awaiting a reply from the City in the near future and we’ll let you know as soon as we get the green light.

Once the building permit is granted, our contractor will move forward with demolition of the two story building where the sanctuary will be built. A “groundbreaking” event will be scheduled to take place at a date TBD. Construction fencing will be installed and a portion of the parking lot will be cordoned off to accommodate the staging area for construction. The remainder of the church campus will remain open throughout construction, which is anticipated to last 10 months.

In preparation for demolition to begin, the entire PUG group and volunteers have been busy working to empty the storage shed and Suite 4 of unneeded items. Sculptures by Isa Graves not sold have been given to a consignment store in Irvine for sale. Suite 7 (which was the space occupied by the Storytellers) is now vacant. We have recycled flooring from Suite 4 and installed it in the now empty Suite 7. The walls have also been painted and the new space will be used by OCUUC for storage and small group meetings. Progress!

Additional recent work by PUG has included the removal and relocation of a newer HVAC unit from atop Suite 4 to the roof above Daniels Hall. A comprehensive schedule of pre-demolition tasks has been created by Nancy and is guiding our efforts to move forward.

Just a reminder that if you have personal belongings in any of the storage areas of Suite 4, you need to take them with you as soon as possible.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact me at craigspery@aol.com.

Craig Spery is the chair of the sanctuary planning and construction committee