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EXPANDING OUR REACH FOR GOD’S GLORY

At our December 2018 Congregational Meeting, Christ Community voted with unity to purchase new, permanent homes for our Downtown and Shawnee Mission Campuses. There were more than 350 votes cast with 99% in favor of the motion to purchase. We’re excited for the ways these new spaces will enable us to move forward in our mission to reach Kansas City with the good news of Jesus Christ.

STATUS UPDATE: See FAQ SECTION below.

Downtown Campus – Gabe Coyle

Shawnee Mission Campus – Tim Spanburg

Financial resources are necessary for us to move forward with these projects. We invite everyone to carefully consider their personal budget, and prayerfully determine how they might give above and beyond their regular giving to move these projects forward. Any contributions you might like to make to these projects can be designated “Reach:KC.” You can write “Reach:KC” in the memo of a check, or indicate it as you give online at ChristCommunityKC.org/give.

Reaching Out

We have a heart to reach the entire Kansas City metro area

Better Together

We are better together as one church in multiple locations

Campus Needs

Each campus has unique needs as we Reach:KC

So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.

~ Romans 15:7a (The Message)

Frequently Asked Questions

Downtown Property

After a multi-month facility search in Downtown’s Crossroads Arts District, we are pleased to be in contract for the facility located at 208 West 19th Street. This facility has 14,000 square feet on its first level, and 6,000 square feet on its second level. It’s located nearby popular art galleries and restaurants, has good visibility from neighboring streets, and would provide ample worship, children’s, and outreach space for our Downtown Campus.

DOWNTOWN STATUS | as of Jan. 18, 2019

Purchase contract signed December 6, 2018

Due diligence period ends February 6, 2019

Architect hired – Preliminary sketch completed for estimator

Contractor hired for pre-construction – Order of magnitude estimating process ongoing

Premises reviewed by structural engineers – no concerns

Environmental phase one audit performed with non-destructive sampling

  • REPORT NOT FINAL

Meeting with city planning department helped with identifying potential code issues

  • Exit requirements
  • Parking requirements
  • Restroom requirements
  • Life safety requirements

Lending

  • Banks have submitted term sheets
  • Commitment to be made by January 24

DOWNTOWN STATUS | as of Feb. 8, 2019

Due diligence period has been extended to February 28, 2019

Premises reviewed by structural engineers

  • Return visit may be need due to new HVAC requirements

Environmental phase one audit performed with non-destructive sampling

  • Environmental attorney was engaged to review results
  • Hazardous material has been found; removal/remediation estimates are in
  • Underground storage tank found; will be visited February 12 to determine contents and determine next steps

HVAC and roofing tradesmen viewed the premises on February 8 and will have more detailed estimates early in the week of February 11

General contractor will have pre-construction estimate complete by February 15

Attorney has been engaged to work with city on a parking variance


Lending

  • Loan will be from Central Bank of the Midwest; best terms; best rate by 75 basis points

DOWNTOWN STATUS UPDATE | as of Mar. 8, 2019

Current estimates for tenant improvements are substantially higher, driven primarily by three factors:

  • Removal of asbestos
  • Change in use from business to assembly requires significant life safety improvements such as increase air handling, relocation of sprinkler heads, and ADA compliance
  • Once the snow was gone from the roof, its quality was less than originally thought

Seller has agreed to a $100,000 credit to the sales price to assist in asbestos removal.

OTHER DETAILS:

  • Underground storage tank mentioned in a previous update was found to be abandoned years ago and contained only fuel oil. Filling and closing will be a simple task.
  • Review of new properties on the market confirms that downtown ownership is expensive as inventory of structures is shrinking and demand is increasing.
  • We are seeking a parking variance from the city and have a hearing scheduled for April 9.
  • Loan documents are finalized.
  • We hope to have a $1M down payment thus reducing the debt for purchase to $1.2M.
  • We hope to close in late March or early April.

DOWNTOWN STATUS UPDATE | as of Apr. 3, 2019

  • Closing was April 2; we now own the building.
  • Due to congregational generosity, we were able to take $1M in cash to closing, thereby reducing the amount borrowed.
  • Three of our new neighbors have written letters in support of our requested parking variance from the city. Hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment is set for April 9.
  • A pre-construction contract with the general contractor should be finalized during the week of April 8.
  • Downtown congregants have begun to meet to discuss their ideas about the interior improvements.

DOWNTOWN STATUS UPDATE | as of May 13, 2019

  • The Kansas City, Missouri Board of Zoning Adjustment approved our parking variance request, waiving the requirement for us to lease up to 47 parking spots.
  • We have retained Straub Construction to oversee the tenant improvements.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing firms have commenced their review of the building so they can design their respective contributions to the improvements.
  • The architect met with various staff and congregants and has begun preliminary sketches.

Shawnee Mission Property

Located between I-35 and I-435 along Shawnee Mission Parkway, this 26,887 square foot space has high visibility and easy accessibility, in an area that is in particular need of a gospel-centered church. This warehouse-style space at 13328 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS, provides for the immediate needs of our Shawnee Campus, while allowing room for future growth and reconfiguration.

SHAWNEE STATUS | as of Jan. 18, 2019

Purchase contract signed December 27, 2018

Due diligence period ends March 27, 2019

Architects being interviewed


Lending

  • Banks have submitted term sheets
  • Commitment to be made by January 24

SHAWNEE STATUS | as of Feb. 8, 2019

Architect has been hired

General contractor hired

First walk through with estimators occurred February 1

Congregational building committee has been formed; “dreaming” sessions with architect scheduled for February 24


Lending

  • Loan will be from Central Bank of the Midwest; best terms; best rate by 75 basis points

SHAWNEE STATUS UPDATE | as of Mar. 8, 2019

  • Congregational building committee has been formed and has begun to “dream” about the look and feel they would like for the new space. Their initial meetings have stimulated several sketches which will soon lead to more formal architectural drawings.
  • Architect, general contractor, and representative trades toured the building. Their order of magnitude estimates produced estimates higher than thought due to HVAC units serving only one-half of the building, water tap on only one-half of the building, and proposed buildout of more square footage than once thought.
  • Survey research is complete.
  • Lending documents are complete.
  • Due diligence period runs until March 27.

SHAWNEE STATUS UPDATE | as of Apr. 3, 2019

  • The due diligence period has been extended to April 10.
  • Schematic drawings for the interior improvements are almost finalized.
  • Design development will commence on April 9.
  • HVAC and water access issues are being discussed with the seller.
  • Review of the sprinkler system is not yet conclusive; more testing to be done the week of April 8.

SHAWNEE STATUS UPDATE | as of May 13, 2019

  • The due diligence period has ended.
  • The seller agreed to a $100,000 credit to address HVAC and plumbing issues identified during the due diligence period.
  • The seller has agreed to provide a revised, more streamlined operating agreement that will control common area costs.
  • A June 15 closing has been targeted.
  • The architect has provided several preliminary sketches.

How can I contribute to these projects?

Financial resources are necessary for us to move forward with these projects. We’d invite everyone to carefully consider their personal budget, and prayerfully determine how they might give above and beyond their regular giving to move these projects forward. Any contributions you might like to make to these projects can be designated “Reach:KC.” You can write “Reach:KC” in the memo of a check, or indicate it as you give online at ChristCommunityKC.org/give.

Why are we making two purchases at once?

In November 2015, a group of leaders from across our campuses reviewed growth rates at each campus and laid out a long-term capital expansion plan. At that time, the team determined Olathe had immediate need for increased space, which led to our expansion of the Olathe Campus through our Reach:KC initiative. The team also determined that finding a home for our Shawnee Mission Campus was our second highest capital expansion priority, while finding a space for our rapidly growing Downtown Campus was our third priority. Initially, our plan was to find a piece of land to buy and hold until a build could commence for our Shawnee Mission Campus. As the Reach:KC initiative commenced in 2016, the search for land in the Shawnee Mission target area began. Many, many parcels were viewed. In late 2017, exploration of Downtown spaces also began.

In 2018, we identified both of these facilities as ideal and economical homes for our Shawnee Mission and Downtown Campuses. Because these facilities came on the market at the same time, and came to our attention at the same time, we began to explore the possibility of making simultaneous purchases. After much due diligence and prayer, we concluded that this course of action made sense from a missional and budgetary standpoint.

Why now?

In both Shawnee and Downtown, the inventory of available properties is not large, and demand is high. After an almost four-year search for a permanent home for our Shawnee Mission Campus and a year-long search Downtown, we believe that both of these properties are ideal and fairly priced. This has led us to move quickly with diligence to explore the purchase of each space.

Are these good prices for the two properties?

Those familiar with commercial real estate indicate we have agreed upon equitable prices for both locations. At $2.3 million, the Downtown Campus location will cost $115 per square foot, which is below average in its neighborhood. At $1.5 million,  the Shawnee Campus location will cost $56 per square foot, which is fair for its size and location.

It should also be noted that this purchase price for the Shawnee building is relatively close to what we had planned to spend for only land for that location. This represents a tremendous savings.

After extensive research and price comparison, we are convinced that we are obtaining both buildings at fair prices, leveraging our resources for maximum impact.

Did you consider leasing rather than buying the buildings?

Yes. Although leasing is not an option for the Downtown property, it was a possibility at the Shawnee property. However, after assessing several leasing scenarios, we concluded that purchasing was a far better financial option in this situation.

This seems like a lot of money. How will we pay for this?

We have a multi-pronged plan that enables us to proceed with these purchases without significant impact on our current fiscal year budget. First, we have identified a few vacant staff positions that have not been filled. Moving forward, we will proceed slowly in filling those roles, moving those unspent payroll dollars toward this capital expansion endeavor. Second, our health care cost increase for fiscal 2019 was less than was budgeted, and we will apply those savings to this project as well. Third, we will continue to update our church family on the money needed to move forward in these expansion projects and are praying for increased giving on a month-to-month basis. As in all things, we rely on our generous God and our generous congregation to carry out our shared mission. Finally, we have arranged for debt financing for the remainder.

What is the anticipated timeline? When could we move in?

It’s hard to give exact projections at this point. From previous experience we know that contract negotiations, due diligence, environmental assessments, design, securing contractors, and construction of tenant improvements can last for many months. However, we’re hopeful that both the Downtown Campus and Shawnee Campus could be worshiping in their new homes in the latter half of 2019.

What tenant improvements are required?

The Shawnee property is an empty structure and will need work. It has existing HVAC, but any internal structures will need to be completed prior to occupancy. The Downtown space will require minimal work on the first floor and even less on the second floor. The building has had recent upgrades. However, restroom updates to meet standards for a public gathering space as well as ADA updates will be necessary.

I attend at Leawood, Brookside, or Olathe. Why should I support a project in Shawnee or Downtown?

We are one church in multiple locations, and an investment in any of our campuses is an investment in the shared mission of Christ Community. From the very beginning, we have had a heart to reach all of Kansas City, and we believe we are best positioned to do this when we work together.

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