The effects of Covid-19 have been slowing down all of our normally-planned activities, and its economic impact has upended many people's lives. We're very aware of the necessary precautions, and, as a church, we've closed our building and moved to online worship services and meetings for almost six months, now.
Against that backdrop, it was a relief to meet in-person with a small group of congregation and property leaders, to discuss GLC's exterior renovations and our site plan, on Aug 30. We gathered outside, next to the bell tower, with our masks on, to review a draft of the proposal that we hope to send to the Old Georgetown Board this fall. This plan is based directly on congregation ideas and feedback, over the past 18 months! It is very exciting that it's finally taking shape.
The plan we are developing has several key goals: to restore our bell tower and surrounding gardens to an historically-faithful state of repair; to improve access to the building for strollers and wheelchairs; and to deal with the serious water drainage issues we're seeing on site.
Due to GLC's location in the Georgetown Historic District, there are stringent requirements we need to meet before we can obtain a building permit for these projects. By federal law, two rounds of review are required by the Old Georgetown Board, a division of the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts. GLC will be submitting documentation for a concept review in early October; if that succeeds, we'll then be on track for a permit review in Winter 2020-21.
A copy of GLC's OGB submission can be viewed at this link.