Project Phoenix Update 01/14


 
Purchase and Sale Agreement
The Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) for the Still Waters property was sent to the United Methodist Church this week.   If the contract has mutual agreement, the UUCA Board of Trustees will discuss and vote on proceeding at their regular meeting on January 23rd. 
 
Special Land Use Permit
The Design Team and the architectural firm, CDH, are working on a concept design for the property to be presented to DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to obtain the Special Land Use Permit (SLUP).  This SLUP is required for us because the current church was grandfathered into single-family zoning.   If we want to make any changes to the property (parking, sanctuary, school), we have been advised by our attorney to obtain the proper zoning paperwork.   This process to obtain the SLUP is occurring concurrently with the PSA to help meet a SLUP application deadline of March 1st for review by the commissioners at the end of May. Both our attorney and our architect have extensive experience with this process.  
 
Information Sessions
At the end of January, the Project Phoenix Team will be holding some informal Q&A sessions that are designed to listen to the congregation about all of the information desired to make an informed vote.   The congregational vote is tentatively slated for near the end of February (stay tuned!).  In addition, as we receive the concepts from the Design Team, there will be more formal Town Hall-type sessions on Sundays and Wednesdays (4 total sessions).  The exact dates and times are pending confirmation.  We should have that information available next week.  
 
As no real estate deal is done until closing has occurred, we continue to seek out new properties and leasing options and will do so until a property for our new location is purchased. Please continue to report suggested properties to the Project Phoenix Discovery Team at ProjectPhoenix@uuca.org.  
 
Celebration Team Activity
As we prepare to leave 1911 Cliff Valley Way, the Celebration Team continues to capture congregants’ memories of our building and their hopes for our new location. Kay Johnson and Pasha Souvorin are producing a video from the Story Corps UUCA Project. A sign-up sheet for interview times for all those interested in participating in the project will be available soon. Also, be sure to check out the “UUCA: A Tribute to Cliff Valley” Facebook page to share your memories about our current building.
 
Background Information
The questions and answers from the December 17, 2017, Town Hall are now posted at the Project Phoenix website at http://www.uuca.org/project-phoenix/faq/. If you have questions, email ProjectPhoenix@uuca.org.