Thanks for all your interest in the project we are planning to work on, to convert a church into our offices and another purpose. I’ve sure enjoyed all your comments and ideas! It surprised me when Facebook marked my post about it as “violating community standards,” but I now chalk it up to an overly enthusiastic robot. We are strongly leaning toward making the space available as an event venue for conferences, concerts, weddings, funerals, meetings, and such. We have a lot to learn about that, though!
Since last week, we got the church inspected. Anyone who’s ever dealt with inspections knows that they tend to produce bad news. And with older buildings, they tend to come up with deferred maintenance issues. The Hermit Church was no exception!
Some things we expected, such as the baptism tub tends to leak (that will get removed, anyway). But we now know why it was so hot when we went there the first time. The air conditioning unit for the upper level is as old as my oldest child, the one with the college education and career. It has been limping along for years, and there is evidence that it’s been topped up with freon way more often than is good for the environment, just to keep it chugging along.
To fix that will require more than five thousand dollars. The total repairs needed were more than twenty thousand dollars over the amount Lee had budgeted. That’s why I said in yesterday’s post that Lee was having angst over the purchase. He contacted our real estate agent and said we would probably have to back out of the deal, since the repairs would be too much for us. (At the same time, Lee was still having Mandi pack up our current offices, which meant we’d “get” to work from home.)
Let me tell you, I was really relieved to find out that the sellers agreed to lower the purchase price to compensate enough to mostly cover the AC repair. I’m so grateful to these nice folks, and wish them well in their spiritual journey and new home, wherever that may be. I can now go back to being excited and brainstorming ideas for the place.
I keep trying to figure out what to do with the offices. I think we get to keep all the furniture, but I do want to use our nice desks. Not having any windows means I’m gonna have to add a lot of lighting, too. And paint. And stuff. Well, I like to decorate. Mandi and I will keep thinking hard on this! Maybe get some black light decor? Classy!
One of the issues with the church conversion (I really like the name Hermit Church) is that there isn’t any off-street parking, other than a space for three cars. There should be good on-street parking, unless the church across the street has a wedding or funeral the same day we have an event, which is okay. But, we’d like the option for more space.
We’ve learned that the church across the street might be willing to rent us spaces on occasion (as far as I know, all churches like to get extra money). Who knows, they might even be willing to sell, so we’ll let you know what Lee finds out about that idea.
PS: Hey Potential Renters
All of you who are calling and messaging all the time about whether we have any rental properties in Cameron, keep your eyes open! We should have two nice houses available in a month or so!