What an exciting time to be at LifePoint!
As we move forward with our next location, we wanted to make sure we are communicating with you the entire way. We currently have an “option” on 7.65 acres at Harrison & 39th Street. A “real estate purchase option” is a contract on a piece of property that allows the buyer (LifePoint) exclusive right to purchase the property while doing their due diligence. That’s a fancy way of saying the land is our until we don’t want it. It is ours until we’re told a church cannot be built there or we find something strange in the ground that prevents building. Of course we have no reason to believe this will happen, but we want to be good stewards. We are currently in the position between option and ownership. Once our experts and the city have signed off on the building process, we will go to the closing table, write a check and be the proud owners of 7.65 acres! This of course leads to some questions.
How much are we paying for the land?
The elders have agreed to purchase the 7.65 acres at $22,500 per acre.
What is our process moving forward?
We’re currently in communication with David Wilde, project architect, about the ministry vision of LifePoint (We’ll talk more about him in our next post). This conversation is an opportunity to identify the specific needs of our kids’ ministry space, student ministries, classroom needs, worship space, etc. David Wilde is working with an initial team of ministry staff, elders, and volunteers to help design a space that meets ministry needs and fits within our total project budget.
By September, we hope to have a project master plan to share with the congregation. This is also needed to obtain a special use permit from the city. We will begin that process in September, and hope to have the needed approval from the city by November. This will allow us to purchase the land, and start considering further design and construction details. Assuming that all goes well, we hope to break ground in the spring of 2018, with a potential move-in date around Christmas of that year!