Renovation Update: March 2020

The Capital Campaign Steering Committee will be providing Renovation updates at the Monthly First Wednesday Potlucks. The Potlucks are held in the Terrace Room at United Presbyterian at 6:00. Information presented at the meeting on Wednesday March 5th is as follows:

Finances – We have commitment letters from two financial institutions, Tioga State Bank and Visions Credit Union and are still pursuing loan applications with two others. This means that we are financing and we are just shopping for the best rates and fees. We have a lawyer who will be reviewing the financing documents. 

We have received close to 1.2 million in pledges, this includes $153,845 in additional pledges to our Close the Gap campaign. A little over $800,000 has been already been paid. Thank you to everyone who has been paying on their pledges and to those who increased their pledges. If you would like to increase your pledge, please contact Andrea Palmeri. The Close the Gap Committee is also pursuing a Chalice Lighter Grant, a GoFundMe program, and investigating some corporate sponsorship. 

Building – The codes for the building have been changed, please do not attempt to enter the building. The asbestos abatement project is done, except for a small amount in the roof that will be taken care of when the roof is replaced. 

Project – We expect to have final pricing, drawings, and a contract to sign with the contractor in the next couple of weeks. The building permit was purchased on Monday, March 2nd. A walk through with the contractor and Fire Marshall determined that we do not need to put in a sprinkler system, thus saving us the expense that would be associated with the system. We continue to receive good reviews of our contractor WL Kline, including from the permit office. 

On February 23rd the congregation voted to install a ground source heat pump heating/cooling system, as long as it is fully funded via directed giving. The campaign for this is going well, of the $127,400 that is needed for the system only $3,250 remains unfunded. If you would like to help UUCB on its mission to become carbon neutral, please contact Wes Ernsberger. Every pledge, no matter how small will help.