Building Hope For the Future Update February 2016

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$87,572
Phase One Construction
Winter 2016

Blog Update, February/Winter 2016

Hope’s Steering Committee and Church Council continued to work tirelessly through the fall and winter to move the process forward in building our new church and preschool…

  • Our Conditional Use Permit was approved by the City of Temecula in December.
  • Also in December, the congregation met with architect Jack Lanphere for a Q & A session about the building’s interior. He also met with the staff of Hope Children’s Center in January.  Comments, input, and questions were gathered from members unable to attend.
  • The steel framework engineering for the building has been finished, and landscaping plans are complete.
  • The Congregation continues to support “Hope for the Future,” a fundraising effort for church construction expenses – thank you!
  • Hope has a working relationship with a local bank and all paperwork is in order for a loan to be approved.
  • Hope has agreed to include a horse trail in its landscaping plans for the surrounding community to use.
  • A development agreement is being finalized with Los Ranchitos Home Owners Association, and a vote of the members of the HOA to approve our plan is expected in the near future.

We look forward, with God’s help, to the construction process to begin!

Fall 2015 Building Hope for the Future Update

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$70,067
Phase One Construction

Fall 2015

Like any building project, developing the plan and working through all the preconstruction details takes much longer than the actual construction phase.  And, this preconstruction phase requires patience, a little sense of humor, and a whole lot of faith and prayer!  Here are a few current details about our project…

  • Our CUP (Conditional Use Permit) Application is working its way through the City approval process. We hope to meet and present our project to the Planning Commission for final approval soon.
  • We are waiting for the water district and Pechanga to approve our
  • The geological survey is complete and the report has been submitted to the City.
  • Our Architect is putting the final touches on the blueprints and working with Hope’s Children Center to ensure all of the preschool’s regulatory needs are met.
  • Our Steering Committee and Los Ranchitos Homeowner’s Association (HOA) Board has contacted thirty three of our closest neighbors to discuss our project. With the HOA Board, we are working on a Development Agreement that will then be forwarded to our Los Ranchitos HOA members for their approval.

 

Phase I donations to “Building Hope for the Future” has climbed to over $70,000!  Thank you for your generosity!

 

We will update this site as important details arise.  In the meantime, we ask that your prayers include continued divine guidance, open doors, and the right people to join our project to complete God’s vision for His new church and preschool.

Building Hope for the Future Update April 2015

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$45,637
Phase One Construction

Update

The sale of our Vallejo Avenue property to Julian Charter School has been completed. This has been a long, arduous transaction that began with an unsolicited offer from Julian. But through numerous delays, complicated financing and a bylaw change with the HOA, our faith was rewarded.

We are in a more sound financial state and are in position to build a right-sized facility on the vacant lot we own on Vallejo Avenue. Proceeds of the sale, once we paid off the mortgage, were $1,551,667.75.

We continue to pursue the best possible terms for a construction loan; we have options, which is a good thing.

Thus far we have been able to avoid doing expensive seismic testing on the vacant lot, thanks to the efforts and background knowledge of our contracted civil engineer. Our engineer worked on our vacant lot back when it was originally purchased by Rancho Community Church. We are currently awaiting results of soil testing on the property. Once the soil has been evaluated and the results received, we will be in position to submit our application for a Conditional Use Permit.

Once the city has accepted our application, we’ll make a presentation to the Los Ranchitos HOA.

Please keep Building Hope for the Future in your prayers.

To Give a gift of Hope

A separate account has been established for Building Hope for the Future donations. Gifts to this fund will be used only for expenses directly related to Phase 1 development (surveys, permits, grading and site work) and other building-related expenses in developing Hope’s 3 acre parcel. If you would like to give a gift for this purpose, simply write a check to Hope Lutheran Church with “Building Hope for the Future” in the memo line.

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Building Hope for the Future Update March 2015

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$43,600
Phase One Construction

Update

Building Hope for the Future is forging ahead with a couple of key milestones behind us and several more on the short-term horizon.

At press time, escrow was scheduled to close within days on the sale of our Vallejo property to Julian Charter School.

After months of work with the City of Temecula, we’ve settled on a site plan (where the building and parking go on the vacant lot) and a general external plan (elevation of the building, appearance, materials and rough design). If you haven’t seen the renderings, you can see them at the church office.

Several members of the Steering Committee and our engineer hope to make a presentation to the city planning department around the end of March. This involves the renderings shown to the congregation on March 8 and also more visuals with possible landscaping. With an initial approval, we go into the next phase of our application for a CUP (conditional use permit) and work on the finer details of the building plans.

With that approval, we’ll also be ready to show our plans to the Los Ranchitos HOA and the adjacent neighbors, who will be key to our gathering support for an HOA vote. We must secure a bylaw amendment with the HOA in order to use the vacant lot for anything but a residential or agricultural use. This is similar to the bylaw amendment needed for Julian to use our previous campus as a charter school.

We also have hired a company to manage our utilities hookup – Edison runs 4-6 months behind on hookups for new properties, so Edison works with this company to ensure requests are dealt with on a more timely basis.

We also have benefitted from our engineer’s experience and local knowledge, which may allow us to bypass a seismic/earthquake test unless a soil compaction tests dictates it. Our engineer worked on our vacant lot back when it was originally owned by Rancho Community Church.

Please keep these efforts in your prayers, and please look for opportunities to get involved as we Build Hope for the Future.

To Give a gift of Hope

A separate account has been established for Building Hope for the Future donations. Gifts to this fund will be used only for expenses directly related to Phase 1 development (surveys, permits, grading and site work) and other building-related expenses in developing Hope’s 3 acre parcel. If you would like to give a gift for this purpose, simply write a check to Hope Lutheran Church with “Building Hope for the Future” in the memo line.

Give Online

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