Arizona Lobby Repair Project: December’s Good News

Garden Entrance Blueprint

The first good news: Many steps of this important project brought us to a milestone inspection by the City — which was delayed by their 4-week backlog. The first concrete pour in October and work on the steel that has been installed has now been approved! We’ve had a little rain this week, so the contractor will (if weather permits) make the second concrete pour on December 5 or 6. Framing can begin after that and will lead the way to installation of new flooring, doors, and energy-efficient windows. 

The second good news: With many people’s support, $47,005 has been raised toward a matching grant helping us with the cost of this project. With just $2,995 more, we can match the full amount $50,000 grant from the Spirit Level Foundation. Donations in any amount are most welcome.

What is the Spirit Level Foundation? Founded in 1997, its purpose is to encourage generosity through matching fund drives and to promote the health and growth of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Southern California. More specifically, it offers grants to congregations which are members of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and are located in one of six Southern California counties: San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura. 

During construction, the Arizona Lobby area, including the bathrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors, will be blocked and inaccessible. The only bathrooms available on our campus are three in the Cottage and one in the Sanctuary Lobby. We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience caused by the construction and appreciate everyone’s understanding. We can enter our campus from the front courtyard (the sidewalks on 18th Street and on Arizona Avenue) and from the alley gate next to the kitchen and the Forbes Hall glass doors. Click here for Abby Arnold’s great explanation of the whole project. The image above is the City Planning blueprint for new Garden of Eternity entrance doors and windows — it’s a view from 18th Street.

Remember, every dollar you donate is matched one-to-one by the Spirit Level Foundation. Visit the Donate page now; select Other and indicate Spirit Level Grant on the online form; from you phone, use text code SLG. Thank you!