(re)Build a House With Us
All Parish Work Day February 25
Join us on Saturday February 25 from 9am to noon as we begin demolition on the house we own directly behind the church. When renovation has been completed, we hope to partner with another non-profit to use our house to house a neighbor in need, but to do that, first we have to re-build.
History of the Gannon Property:
In 1999 Holy Communion purchased the house at 7400 Gannon, directly behind the church. We needed to own the property in order to change the lot size so we could add an elevator that met the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The elevator was part of a large renovation project on our historic 1938 building. When we purchased the house, we agreed that the longtime owner would remain in place and pay $1 per year in rent. The owner moved into an assisted living facility in 2014, just as Holy Communion was entering into a rector transition. After looking at options from creating a parking lot (not enough space) to opening a coffee shop (unlikely we could get a commercial permit,) in 2016 the vestry decided to renovate the building for residential use. A renovation could allow several options for use of the house, including 1) adding income to support our ongoing operations, 2) renting the facility to another non-profit at below market rates to help house an immigrant or refugee family or 3) using the home as part of the compensation for an eventual Assistant Rector. A renovated house opens up a number of scenarios for our church in the coming years.
The Robert Fund has offered, and the vestry has accepted, a $35,000 loan to the parish for the renovation of the house. The loan comes with no interest, and will be payable over 5 years beginning in 2018. In the next months you’ll start seeing crews working on the property. In 2017 we will be discerning how this house will help expand the ministry of Holy Communion.