Redevelopment Update August 2018
The First Met congregation voted in March 2018 to approve a redevelopment proposal developed by BC Conference at the request of First Met.
Progress is being made toward implementing that project. The Property Resource Team of BC Conference has applied to BC Housing for pre-development funds to begin planning on First Met's redevelopment proposal. It is not known when a reply might be received.
First Met Trustees have signed off on an agreement with BC Conference to transfer title of the Balmoral Road properties to BC Conference's Property Development Council of the United Church of Canada, in trust. The agreement allows Conference's Property Development Team to begin negotiations with BC Housing for the funding for the pre-development phase of our project.
First Met's Redevelopment Task Group thanks congregation members and adherents for their support for this significant proposal and looks forward to moving ahead with the planning stage for redevelopment.
For information on BC Conference's Property Resource Team projects, click here.
Redevelopment Proposal for First Met
The congregation and Council of First Met voted Mar. 4, 2018, to approve a redevelopment proposal developed by the Property Resource Team of BC Conference at the request of First Met. Council directed First Met's Redevelopment Task Group to present the proposal to the congregation for review and discussion before a formal vote was taken.
The results of the vote of First Met members were 95 in favour, zero opposed and 1 abstention. A survey of adherents was four in favour, one opposed.
For minutes of the Mar. 4 Congregational meeting click here.
Regular progress reports will be issued.
For an overview of the proposal, click here.
The Redevelopment Task Group (RTG) was established in 2010 following an engineering consulting firm's comprehensive assessment of all church buildings. The general role of the RTG is to examine redevelopment of church buildings to meet the future needs of the congregation and broader community, is based on our core values and is mission and financially sound.
Purpose of the RTG
To ensure that First Metropolitan has sufficient and suitable space from which it can deliver programs in a cost effective manner and support Church operations well into the future, the RTG has two primary objectives:
Explore and evaluate various development opportunities for First Met properties
Recommend a Master Development Plan
Redevelopment Task Group members:
Ross Breckon, Chair
Linden Holmen, David Bray, Kathy Cook, Steve Gray, Bruce Davies (Building Supervisor), Mike McAuley (Presbytery rep)