This month, the board members were a bit overwhelmed with work as the proposals from three architectural firms responded to our Request For Proposal regarding the re-design of the sanctuary. Our struggle to comprehend and compare the three responses was aided by Tara Roche, a graduate student from the Boustein School of Planning and Public Policy, who brought her training into play and actually wrote up a scoring sheet for us to use. Ms. Roche is interning with Coming Home, Inc., which has been a constant support and advisor for our board through Robert Stewart.
The next steps include: determining which architectural firm to use; securing legal advice about writing a lease agreement between First Reformed Church and the CDC; developing a budget for 2011; securing funding and a pre-development loan; and settling the question about which population we will house in the units– with input from the congregation. There is still much to be done, and we oftentimes feel like we are moving slowly. We hope, though, that this slow pace will allow everyone to get acquainted with the project and its dreams. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask any of us on the board: Liz Hance, Ellen Hamilton, Joan Fekete, Stef Beemsterboer or myself.