May Sanctuary Update

May Sanctuary Update

The New Sanctuary Construction Committee continues to focus its efforts on work with our architect to provide additional materials requested by the new City of Costa Mesa planner. It has been a long and frustrating process that has recently culminated in contacts with experienced Assistant Director of Development Services Scott Drapkin to discuss concerns in hopes of expediting the review process.

Once review of the materials is completed by the planner, the project will finally move closer toward the City granting our building permit. Our team is patiently awaiting a reply from the City 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.

Looking on the bright side of the unanticipated delay, until demolition is scheduled, we have been able to provide a safe space for Ukranian refugee families.

Members of OCUUC's Ukrainian Refugee Taskforce with two Ukrainian Refugees housed at OCUUC.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact me at

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