Four dates in April have been scheduled for Building Enhancement Project-related activities.
On April 9th the Board of Trustees will discuss the cost of upgrades that have been identified in the recent seismic report, and determine the best way to pay for what’s needed. Contractor estimates of up to $500K have been reduced, thanks to one of our longtime members who recalled information on original construction of the building foundation, long since covered over by subsequent construction.
Following the second service on April 15th we’ll have another informal Q & A session in the Library. Building Design Team members will be on hand to share details about the status of the project, timeline, process, and coming activities.
The City of Corvallis requires a neighborhood meeting prior to submittal of our land use application. This meeting will be held on Monday, April 16th at 6 pm in the Social Hall. This meeting is not an informational session for the congregation, but an opportunity to describe our proposed project to our neighbors, answer their questions, and listen to their concerns. Following this meeting, our land use application for Conditional Development Permit with Major Lot Option will be submitted to the City.
The last Town Hall meeting of the series will be devoted to Building Enhancement Project topics, and will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm in the Social Hall. General information will be shared, and everyone will have an opportunity to brainstorm in small-group sessions on specific facets of the project, such as kitchen design, landscape, communication systems, and general layout.
We have recently received the seismic evaluation of our existing building. Now we’re working with a contractor to obtain some rough cost estimates and a prioritization scheme for the recommended improvements. While none of the improvements are required, UUFC decision-makers may wish to implement some of the consultant’s suggestions. Of course the new portions of the building will be built in compliance with current seismic code.
Our architects expect to submit the land use application for our new addition to the City of Corvallis soon, as they work through the final details of a complete application. Some mis-communication among City departments has resulted in a slight delay, and we’re working with them to clarify the issue.
So far, we have received the following information, which is posted in the online UUFC File Cabinet:
- Soils Engineering Report
- Property survey
- Seismic Evaluation Report
You can find the File Cabinet under the dropdown “About Us” menu on the main webpage, or click this link.
Also, we will have Building Design Team members available one Sunday a month, after the 11 am service, to discuss, answer questions, and record input. Please watch the weekly newsletters for the next date.
The project continues to move forward, with most of the action occurring behind the scenes right now. On December 5th our architects Brian Melton and Stephanie Fitzhugh, with a Building Design Team representative, met with planning and public works staff at the City of Corvallis to discuss the elements of a complete land use application to the city. The requisite application for our project is a Conditional Development Permit with Lot Development Option, which will include three variances from standard requirements. Our specific requested variances will focus on pedestrian improvements (sidewalk and landscaping replacement) and vehicular access (driveway standards).
In an information-packed and slightly frustrating meeting, we gained a better understanding of the city’s checklist for a complete land use application, which will be submitted in early 2018. After a 30-day completeness review, the city will either request more information or declare the application complete and schedule a hearing before the Planning Commission.
When our application is declared complete, and before the city mails formal notice of the Planning Commission hearing, we will host a neighborhood meeting at UUFC. This will allow concerned neighbors to ask questions and voice concerns. A neighborhood meeting is always a good idea, providing an opportunity for nearby residents to learn of our plans directly from us, and engage with us in an informal setting. Conversations can occur and issues can be discussed, which will ideally lead to a more streamlined and non-confrontational Planning Commission hearing, and a more cohesive neighborhood.
Right now the architects are working on our land use application, informed by the results of the completed property survey and geotechnical report. While this is underway we are awaiting the completion of a seismic/structural evaluation of the existing structure; and a task force has begun examining options for replacing flooring in the sanctuary. The Board of Trustees has placed the flooring replacement on a fast track, not dependent upon the new construction. In January a kitchen design team will begin meeting to research and recommend a plan for the new kitchen. Also underway is a task force to deal with the large cedars on the east property line. They will be removed and replaced with more appropriate trees, with a timeline yet to be determined.
For a refresher on the previous work of the Building Enhancement Project, the Our Shared Future campaign, and the steps our congregation has taken to reach this stage, please refer to this page of the UUFC website.
This blog will allow you to follow the progress of building and site changes at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis. Thus far, the soils engineering report and the boundary and topographic survey have been completed. A seismic evaluation of our existing building will be undertaken within the next few weeks, and a report produced. Our architects, Di Loreto Architects, are in the process of developing schematic designs, which will be presented to the entire congregation at a future date, to be determined.