On Thursday, Feb. 15, we met for our weekly update with Highland Builders. Present for our meeting was the president of Highland, our project manager from CBRE, the project supervisor and the project coordinator for electrical.
We discussed the delays we are experiencing from the city of McKinney. Unbeknownst to us, the city has three steps in the process of getting final, final approvals to begin construction. The first step is submission of your plans to the planning commission; the second step comes after suggested revisions are completed; and the third step goes back through the process again, which includes the city planning commission, fire department, parks and recreation, landscape design, and building design. Our plans have been approved by the commission, but permits have not been released by the city. It seems there were some suggested changes to our plan that came from the city rather late in the process. We are still being told that final permits will be released by the city any day now.
We have completed some of the preliminary work since we broke ground on Jan. 22, but the major work of moving dirt and preparing the underground drainage and the pad site for the foundation and parking lot are still on hold. Highland expects these permits to be released in the next few days. Rain is predicted here in the Dallas area beginning tomorrow and continuing through much of next week. We don’t know what impact that might have on the dirt work that should begin immediately after the permits are released. We are hopeful that by our meeting next Thursday we will actually see heavy equipment on-site moving dirt!
Another item that we are working on is putting a sign up on the property that will picture the finished building. Scott Kelley, a member in Ohio who owns a sign company, created the sign from the artist sketches of the building. We will be putting this sign up in the next few days. Here is a picture of the sign identifying the building as the future headquarters of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association. This sign will be seen by all the traffic that travels on Medical Center Drive.
We have also been given our physical address, and it will be 3701 Medical Center Drive, McKinney, TX.
This is really all we have to report this week. Thanks again for your support. We knew going into this project that our patience would be tested, and that is truly the case this week!