Feasibility Study Update - Pasted 3/21/2018

The Unity of The Blue Ridge Board of Trustees hired Sims and Steele as the local company who will work with us on our Feasibility Study and Capital Campaign. Donna Ensley is the consultant who will be working most closely with us over the next 3 months to complete the feasibility study.

The committee working with her has been chosen by the board and has begun work. They are: Donna Brickey, Rev. Laura Collins (for the staff), Bobbi Flowers (for the Board), Jim Lane, Judie McKown (for financial information), Sharon Oxendine, Randy Rea, and Michael Winner. This team will work with the professionals to prepare a case study, develop and lead a presentation for people to be interviewed, review interview questions, review survey questions, and review the resulting report before it is presented.

Big Picture of the Feasibility Study Process timeline:

MARCH – Project pre-case development; ID interviewees

APRIL - Project presentations to interviewees

MAY - Interviewing and surveying

JUNE – Tabulation and reports with recommendations

The Master Plan Vote 

A vote on the Phase 1 and Phase 2 options for a Master Plan Concept (downloadable below) was held at our annual meeting on February 17 and the vote was for Phase 2 pending the findings of the Financial Feasibility Study. (Update on Financial Feasibility Study Below)

The Phase 1 and Phase 2 Concepts below are options for implementing a master plan for our building and grounds. The narrative describes major elements in that Phase. The downloadable graphics illustrate floor plans, elevations and projected costs. These are concept drawings only. Once the concept is approved after the Finanical Feasibility Study findings are completed and presented, the architect will proceed to architectural drawings of exactly how the building would be constructed.

Please submit questions/suggestions/comments

 in the suggestion box at Unity or email to unity@unitync.net with subject line "Master Plan". 

Option 1 Phase 1 of Building Concept

Option 1, Phase 1 provides necessary repairs along with renovations to kitchen and addition/renovation of restrooms.

Seating in the sanctuary remains the same at 235

  • New HVAC
  • New roof over existing domed roof /new flat roof
  • Extension of domed roof over patio
  • New exterior siding with all necessary interior repairs/new insulation
  • Additional restrooms
  • Kitchen remodel with new appliances and equipment

Download Option 1 Phase 1 Concept

This Board display of the Option 1 Phase 1 master plan concept for our building. This is a concept drawing only.

Option 1 Phase 2 of Building Concept

Option 1 Phase 2 provides all the elements of Phase 1 and increases seating to 409

  • Enclosure of the new roofed area of the patio into new sanctuary
  • Renovation of existing sanctuary into fellowship hall (including ‘movable’ wall for expansion)
  • Renovation of interior office spaces
  • Additional furniture, equipment and A/V soundbooth
  • Construction of additional office/education space

Download Option 1 Phase 2 Concept

This Board display of the Option 1 Phase 2 master plan concept for our building. This is a concept drawing only.

Other Master Plan Documents

Development Presentation_v2

This Development Plan PowerPoint presentation was given at our recent "Next Step" meetings and includes a historical review of Unity of The Blue Ridge.

MasterPlanRecap_v4

This Master Plan PowerPoint presentation was given at our recent "Next Step" meetings as a recap of the information provided at our May Quarterly Town Hall Meeting.

Master Plan Presentation PDF

This Master Plan presentation was given at our recent "Next Step" meetings as a recap of the information provided at our May Quarterly Town Hall Meeting.

Master Plan Presented May 2018

Over 110 people attended  our May 2018 Quarterly Town Hall Meeting as Architect John Yurko presented an overview summary of the physical needs and development planning options for Unity over the next several years. The Master Plan was developed

(1) based on results of a needs assessment survey created earlier this year (more than 50% of our congregation participated)

(2) combined with our Vision 2020 small-groups process in 2016, and

(3) to pro-actively address our on-going and growing maintenance, space and parking issues.  This helped determine the congregation’s priorities for services, growth, programs, child care and much more.  Several possible building options were presented and subsequent questions discussed.  

The full presentation will be online at www.unityblueridgenc.org and a print version of the entire Master Plan will be available above.  

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Ellen Winner at: ewinner290@gmail.com

We hope you will stay engaged, informed and involved as we consider and determine the future of our Unity Community and Campus!

2018 Annual Report

Annual Membership Report