Elders Report: Properties Update
As a result of a meeting with the Town of Niagara on the Lake’s planning department a couple key items have become clear:
- The original site plan approval for Phase 2 acquired by Orchard Park is no longer valid
- Approval timelines for a new site plan will be significant
As a result, the Orchard Campus Facilities Committee will work toward a design that will meet the needs of the church outside of the confines of the original site plan boundaries. The committee has also reviewed the first iteration of design drawings and have now entered into the second iteration with Quartek Group Inc. The committee is targeting congregational review of detailed drawings in the spring of 2020.
The current estimate to begin construction is the spring of 2021. The committee will continue to do everything possible to expedite the process.
Sale of agricultural land is on hold until boundaries can be adjusted with the Town, which is linked to site plan approvals. A survey of the church property is currently underway to aid in these approvals.
The Town Campus Facilities Committee continues to meet with a developer to discuss a potential agreement. A few key elements are still being investigated further, such as, fair market value and potential legacy options.
The elders are targeting a relaunch of the Open Doors campaign in the spring of 2020.