- The location is great. It is right off of one of the main streets in our historic downtown.
- One block north is Festival Park (undergoing a $6,900,000 renovation as you read this!
- It is next to the public library!
- It is only 2 blocks from the new $40,000,000 River Walk project.
- It is where people like to go.
- There are over 200 public parking places right around it (public lot to the north, library and street parking). This means we don’t have to maintain a full-sized parking lot (that saves us roughly $200,000 over the next 20 years!)
- We can “build to the edges” of the lot. The lot is less than one acre, however, we could (in the future) more than double the size of the existing facility (current building is 8500 sq/ft.
- It has existing infrastructure we can work with. The lot has a totally open 8500 sq/ft building. It is pretty basic, but the taller end has over 20 ft ceilings. This can possibly save us hundreds of thousands of dollars on the final project.
- We can move forward quickly-there are a lot of moving parts to make this happen, but it is very conceivable that we could be worshipping in our new location in less than a year
That all said, the former auto repair garage is, well, ugly. To say that it will need some work is an understatement. You are going to have to use your imagination (like imagine that it is not mustard yellow). We know we have to change the outside and the inside to make things work for worship, classrooms and a gathering space. Is it worth the trouble and expense?
To be honest, I kind of like the idea of renewing a tired, old building. As a believer, I can’t think of a better metaphor for the work that will be happening inside. Not the building of walls, but the building of souls. We come to God’s house spiritually tired, and spiritually ugly. Yet, the Holy Spirit renews us through the simple message of the Gospel. God thought you were worth fixing, worth forgiving. God thought you were worth the expense. How beautiful that the Bible calls the life-giving work of the Holy Spirit renewal, new life and rebirth because that is just what we needed.
By: Rev. Jared Oldenburg, Castle Rock, CO
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