You may recall that in the early morning hours of Ash Wednesday 2015, the Tire Mart building, which was located on our church block was destroyed by fire. The owners of that property decided not to rebuild their business in the same location. Instead they moved to a new location at the corner of JR Miller Boulevard and 18th Street. As a part of the decision to move to a new locations, they also decided that they would donate the old Tire Mart property to our parish. We were delighted to receive the property, so that we could use it for additional parking and future growth for our parish.
Over the past year our Parish Pastoral Council has been working with our Building and Grounds Team to do the proper EPA testing and to have the Tire Mart building torn down and the debris hauled away. To do this we have worked closely with our Local Diocese of Owensboro, the State of Kentucky, the City of Owensboro, and with Burlington Civil Engineering team. You can see in these pictures that the land is now cleared and we are ready to move to the next phase of development. You can also see in these pictures that there is construction now taking place at Mudd’s Furniture, which will consume some of the parking spots that we have been able to use in their parking lot for our weekend Masses. So being able to extend our parking comes at just the right time.
In our new parking lot plan there will be room to park an additional 60 vehicles. There will be also be green space around our Youth House that will be used for recreational purposes. In this plan our parish bus, and recycling area will also be moved to a new location.
Currently the project is with our Finance Team as they discern the best path for usto take to pay for the additional parking lot. Though we do not have the final numbers, it is estimated that this parking lot will cost between $60,000.00 – $90,000.00. Some of the options that the Finance Team are discussing to pay for the project are: using our “Building Fund” money, borrowing the money from the Diocese and paying it back over a period of time, or raising the money through a parking lot campaign and building when the campaign is complete.
I share this information with you as a way to keep you up-to-date on this property and our parking lot project. Finally, I ask that you keep our entire parish mission in prayer as we live our faith and “We give our hearts to God and our talents to His people.”