March 2013 Update
When and how did this come about? The Collegiate Church voted to move ahead with the renovations that will make our building at 50 East 7th Street a safe, accessible, and inviting place to do our ministries. Staff and Consistory worked diligently for six years to develop a plan to update our facilities. In January 2012, funding was approved by the Collegiate Consistory to begin updating all of our Collegiate Church buildings in the next two years.
What was the delay? We share an endowment with four other Collegiate ministries. The Collegiate Consistory had to discern how best to invest money in our spaces while planning for the future.
What will be done? The Collegiate Church is committed to having safe, accessible, and inviting facilities. An elevator, fire stairs, additional restrooms, updated meeting spaces and offices, and improved heating and cooling systems will help us do Vision 2015 and beyond.
What about the sanctuary? The sanctuary will be untouched during the renovations. We will continue to use the sanctuary for Sunday worship and events during the week.
Where will we do programming? On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 we completed the move to our temporary space for programs and offices at 122 Second Avenue, between 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place. Most of our programs, classes, rehearsals and meetings take place there, in rooms on the ground floor. Recently we modified staff offices on the second floor to make space for more small group meetings. Chat & Chew brunch is served in the sanctuary, so all can grab some food and attend classes. All Sunday classes for children, youth, and adults take place either during worship or afterward. Some programs have gone on hiatus for the duration of the renovations, and new ways to connect are happening to keep us close.
Construction Update (March 2013) We opened our beautiful new restrooms in the cellar in August 2012. The asbestos abatement of the church house was completed as well as selective demolition of the interior spaces. Our neighborhood was designated a landmark district in the fall. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) supports our need for accessibility and safety, a wonderful affirmation of our master plan. At the request of the LPC, we stopped construction while our architects collaborate with the LPC to design a facade that maintains more of its historic look. We look forward to beginning the main phase of our renovation project in the very near future, and will let you know a new target completion date as soon as we have one.
Any other questions… We are still in a period of change and have much to learn. Our plans may shift and change, but we will post information as it is confirmed. If you have any questions in the meantime, you can send them to email@example.com.