Capital Campaign

This is the moment - our faith ignites our generosity.

We are moving forward into the Planning and Implementation phase of our Capital Campaign. Our 'P&I' committee are Jeff Leathe, Rev Chris, Eric Lipsitt, Skye Maher, Brian Murphy, Doro Hoffman, Mark McNabb and Bob Thoresen. They will be meeting regularly to run the logistics for the amazing plans we have for our buildings.

Meantime, we continue to pursue outside financing possibilities through grants and possibly some special asks to community members not affiliated with South Church. Brad Greeley will head this up, with Angela Matthews, Irene Bush and Connie Freiermuth helping in varying roles.

The amazing Steering Committee that helped to launch this Capital Campaign has been reconstituted: at the helm we have co-chairs Jackie Ellis and Jeff Leathe, and along with Rev Chris, crucial support from Doro Hoffman and Stephen Blakney.

Check for updates here and in the bi-monthly Nuusflash

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Update on the purchase of 73 Court Street

From Jeff Leathe, Chair, South Church Board of Trustees

Sept. 15, 2017

Members of the Board and the Property Implementation Committee have been hard at work, working to finalize the purchase of 73 Court Street.  We signed the purchase agreement on March 29th, 2017. In the last, nearly six months, we have been very busy developing our renovation plans, pursuing various city approvals, negotiating with an abutter, working out easements and acquiring a loan commitment from Optima Bank in Portsmouth.  As of today, we have received approvals from the city’s Historic District Commission (HDC), the Zoning Board and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). On September 21st, we go before the Planning Board for our final approval. If we are successful and after the ensuing 30 day appeals period has been met, we should be in a position to close on the actual purchase of 73 Court Street on October 23, 2017!

Starting in the next week or two, we will develop the detailed architectural, engineering and construction plans which will then be submitted out for bid to contractors. Once a bid is accepted we will move to the fun part of actually making the building fully accessible, safe and tailored to the long-term needs of our congregation.

Our fantastic Planning and Implementation Committee has been very involved in this process to date and stands eager to manage this next renovation phase of our overall facilities planning for South Church.  We will keep you posted as the project develops!