Update from the Building Task Force

On Saturday, November 10, a group of 18 participants – representing the Governing Board, the Vision Team, the Building Task Force, and staff – met for a planning charrette. The objective of the charrette was to create an atmosphere in which participants could generate and consider creative possibilities for College Avenue’s future.

The session began with Becki Clock reminding the group of our vision and the challenges related to our facility and finances in facilitating that vision. Participants brainstormed ways to meet those challenges – and came up with dozens of ideas.

Next, we established criteria for evaluating the ideas: aligns with our mission and vision; is sustainable and matches our resources (financial, staff, volunteer, etc.); is practical and doable; multiplies our impact; fosters relationships; is likely to gain buy-in. Working in small groups, the participants evaluated ideas and identified next steps.

Over the next 60 days, we agreed to research the following categories of ideas: (1) turn our building into a revenue generator by filling spaces with rent-paying tenants; (2) find a way to share space with one or more other faith communities; and (3) right-size existing or new space to match our needs. In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to potential rent-paying tenants, various faith communities, and potential purchasers of part or all of our land to better understand our options and their financial implications.

We are excited to have identified many exciting ideas for ensuring financial stability and sustainability! It is our hope to meet as a congregation in late January or early February to share well-researched options and hear your feedback. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Building Task Force (Becki Clock, Bob Ellis, Dave Lamb, Jen Murray, Virgil Reynolds, Eric Scherrer) with your questions or ideas.


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  • Jim Kouns

    Concerning searching for rent-paying tenants:

    1. When I retired from real estate at the end of 2015 there was an over-abundance of non-manufacturing commercial space in the Muncie Market. A call today to Brian Allardt,, an active commercial REALTOR and former member of CAC, confirms that is still the case.

    2. Renting to a commercial tenant would result in loss of the church’s property tax exemption for the portion of the building leased. This could entail an annual tax liability in excess of $16,000.

    • 2:34 pm - November 15, 2018

    • Administrator

      Thank you for addressing your concerns. They will be forwarded to the Building Task Force.

      • 7:25 pm - November 19, 2018

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