Greetings from the Knox Building Committee!
This your October report on progress to date:
On Sunday September 30th the Building Committee held a forum for Knox folk to update them on the status of our project. This was well attended and the following information will update those who were unable to attend.
Progress: Working with the Architects, many consultants and the construction company throughout the summer we will have by November completed all the required planning and information the City requires to issue a Building Permit. This is a detailed, important and complex process and regrettably has, along with other challenges, caused a delay in the start of construction.
Challenges: Also contributing to this delay is the fact that there is still one tenant in residence at a home on 41st Avenue. The City has insisted that all rights of this tenant under rental by laws must be met before demolition of the 41st properties can begin. We are assured that the tenant has been and will be fairly treated as he searches for alternative accommodation. Once the tenant has moved the City will permit the demolition of all four properties on 41st Avenue.
Why is this important?
Construction on the Knox site cannot commence until all these properties have been demolished to allow access of construction equipment to the Knox site. We anticipate that construction will likely begin in early 2019.
Remember: Remember we have received full payment for land from Hon Towers and that capital has been invested since the beginning of the year. This important source of income for Knox will provide a resource to support our Vision in the years ahead as we look for new and meaningful ways to respond to the many needs of our community.
As Reverend Richard recently reminded us we will always encounter stumbling blocks along the way and our task is to discover the bridges that provide a way around those blocks as we share our good news and care for our neighbors.
Blessings for the exciting times ahead!!
Alan MacKenna, Bill Goodsir, Larry Tench, David Boyd, Ed Williams, Richard Dunsterville, Don Bliss, Michelle McMaster, John Scott