Now that the congregation has approved the initial building design, what happens next:
- Councilman Squilla, supporting our project, has offered to help us with changing the zoning by ordinance. We need it changed from R-1, which all the churches in Old City are zoned, to CMX-3, which is what the rest of Old City is zoned. There’s some scrambling to get everything needed in place — including a couple of presentations to the Old City District— such that Councilman Squilla will have what he needs by early May, so that the zoning change can be passed before City Council recesses for the summer.
- Our initial massing plans will be presented to the Architectural Subcommittee of Historical Preservation as soon as next week, or at the latest in May. Essentially, this submission is to get preliminary approval of our plans for the Fox Building. The Historic Preservation staff has indicated that just preserving the original part of the building and demolishing the later addition, the back part would be acceptable. And, the staff likes the idea of moving the remnant to the south end of our property, where the driveway is into the back parking lot. However, the full Commission makes the decision and our submission to the Architectural Subcommittee is the first step to the full Commission’s review.
- The city’s Requests for Proposals for funding for affordable housing will come out sometime between now and October. We will be applying for the first $1 to $2 million of our funding. This is the first funding source we will get in place as we position our project to apply for tax credits in the Fall of 2020.
Please keep our project in your prayers for the difference it can make for homeless people and our church community and ministry.