Epiphany 351 - November
Permits. Let me rephrase that. Permits!!! It seems that everything at 351 East 74th Street needs a permit. Now I understand that the City of New York needs to regulate its buildings, streets, utilities, etc., however the permitting process is not for the faint of heart.In fact, as a part of the dedicated team of architects, engineers, construction mangers, consultants, and contractors, we also have an Expediter.That person’s job is to get us through all the permitting processes of all the city agencies that have a say in what we are doing at 351. All the way up to and including our final Certificate of Occupancy which is required before we can, well, occupy the building.
If you walk by our future parish home it may seem as if nothing much is going on. However, that is not the case. There are a number of behind-the-scenes things that are going on. The permitting process is going on. The building is being prepped for asbestos abatement and, after that, interior demolition so as to make way for new classrooms, new stairs, an elevator, and on and on. Weekly construction meetings are also going on, and our architects, our very gifted and committed architects, are finishing the last of the specifications and drawings for the tens of thousands of decisions required. Not only for the big things like new stairs out front, but the minutia of little things like the kind of doors the classrooms will have, and the offices, and the stairwells, and where in each room the electric outlets are to be placed and how the building will be wired for technology, security, sound, and lighting. (Anyone up for Ecclesiastical Laser Light shows?)
So, while the permitting process has slowed us down a bit, good progress is being made and the delays has not seriously impacted the construction schedule. Indications are that by the time you read this we’ll have the permits in hand that we need to begin the actual work of abatement and demolition. This work will take to the end of the year to complete. And while that is going on, there will be more permit applications filled. More questions from city agency. And more answers given. All of which moves us step by step closer to our new home. The home God has gifted to us to the praise of God’s Name.