St. Paul’s Community Center & Affordable Housing Update Second Quarter 2016

The parish of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, recognizing that our community service needs have outgrown our current facilities, is developing a new community center facility to house St. Paul’s Ministries, Trinity Center, community groups, and also provide essential workforce housing. St Paul’s development partner in this project is Resources for Community Development (RCD). This is a quarterly report with updates on the development of the multi-use building at 1860 Trinity Avenue, to be named St Paul’s Commons.

  • The project received approval from both the Walnut Creek City Design Review Commission and Planning Commission on the project design, setting the framework for moving forward
  • Completed selection of the General Contractor for the project, Midstate Construction
  • Submitted the application for Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities funds and a supplemental application to the Housing Authority for our rental assistance vouchers
  • Held a kick-off meeting with all the design engineers to start the next phase of design – called “design development”. We have selected an interior designer for the housing common spaces, offices, and Church community center/Trinity
  • Selected a relocation consultant who has drafted a relocation plan to assure St Paul’s Ministries can continue to operate during the construction phase
  • Held a parish wide meeting on June 5th to update the Parish on the project process to date
  • On June 20th, the vestry voted to support this Resolution: Move that in spite of clergy transition, the St Paul’s Vestry is 100% behind the continued development and construction of St Paul’s Commons

One of the most common questions that comes up pertains to how the “Tenant Improvements” or interior design and finishing of the first floor will be funded. The plan all along has been that it will be funded by a lease payment from the developer, and not by St Pauls. The Committee hopes to fund the purchase of unattached things like desks, tables, chairs, etc, by working with a number of corporate partners that have come forward in support of the great work we are doing.

The Committee and RCD continue to work well together, and are excited about the progress to date. Look for quarterly updates via email blast, website and Epistle to keep you up to date on the latest developments. Please feel free to contact the committee members for any questions (Molly Clopp, Charles Couch, Richard Kemink, Donna Colombo, Julie Layne, Jennifer Machado, David Mattern).