Fr. Matthew O'Toole posted on May 21, 2014 10:53
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of ground work to do before we stick a shovel in the ground. First, physical details of the work need more specifics. Paul Hubbman, a parishioner, school parent and architect, will lead a group called the ‘Design Team.’ They are all people associated with St. Margaret who are experts in engineering, construction and real estate. Their mission is to firm up the estimated costs of our projects and provide a detailed timeline of the many tasks that must be addressed. They will also assist me in the selection of an architectural firm that will be responsible for drafting and seeing to completion the new middle school building.
In the meantime, we wait for the campaign money to grow. Once we reach $1 million in cash (50% of our estimated project costs) we can then go to the Archdiocesan Finance Council and request a loan for the other $1 million. They will study our parish finances as well as the work of the Design Team. After they conclude that we have done all our due diligence and believe that the remaining pledges will come in to pay back the loan, we will then proceed to hiring a contractor to do the work. When can we expect this to happen? Our hope is apply for the loan in January 2015 (requests for loans from the Archdiocese are accepted quarterly). More preliminary work will have to happen before we actually start construction, but the present goal is have a groundbreaking ceremony at the end of next school year (i.e. late May).
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