Epiphany 351: July 10 Update
While we are still very much in the planning stages of our renovation of 351 74th Street, we have started work at 351 which will help inform our planning and the budget. In the last few weeks the first round of testing for asbestos and lead has taken place. Follow up testing will happen the week of July 22nd. Civil engineers have also completed the borings and test pits in the sub-cellar which are needed to ensure the proper installation of the elevators as well as the expansion of the sub-cellar for the mechanical rooms, trash compacted (which keeps us from having to have dumpsters on the sidewalk), and storage. We are waiting for that report to come in. Presently we are also awaiting a proposal from Rohlf Studio on the restoration and installation of our stained glass windows at 351. Rohlf Studio designed and installed the Epiphany window at the York Avenue door so they are familiar with our glass. Acheson Doyle, our architectural firm was here taking measurements and making drawings of our many liturgical items, including the wall plaques, pulpit, lectern, baptistery, and more, to see what items we can incorporate into our new home. What we take and what we leave behind is yet to be determined; however, we want to make sure we have the best information with which to make these decisions when the time comes.
Looking ahead to August we will be focused on asbestos and lead remediation, and preparing for interior demolition to begin in September. The Communication Team is already giving thought to how we will use the scaffolding that will be erected to help advertise that 351 is the future home of the Church of the Epiphany and the Church of the Epiphany Day School – as well as encouraging people to visit us now in our current location and become a part of a community where faith is truly on the move.