Progress continues on the design and location of our new church building at the Milburn campus property. We believe that after careful consideration, analysis and prayer that locating the new church on the northeast quadrant of our property is the optimum location. This highly visible location, 13 acre parcel of land offers a number of benefits. Due to the topography of the land, the site preparation costs are significantly less than if we would build in the center of the property. In fact, building in the center of the property would cost over $600,000 more than building on the corner location. This data was provided by Woolpert, Inc. If anyone is interested in seeing their analysis, I would be happy to share the information.
Building on the northeast quadrant will give us access from both Milburn School Road and Simmons Road. Flowing traffic out 2 different locations will avoid bottlenecks as people try to leave church. We will also have easy access to the pavilion that is already in place at the Milburn campus.
While not as glamorous, the corner location will allow us to hook up to O’Fallon water and sewer. Other locations that we looked out would require hooking up to the Caseyville sewer system. Hooking up to the Caseyville system is 10 times more expensive than hooking up to the O’Fallon system ($135,000 vs. $12,500).
The overall savings by locating the church on the corner location is over $700,000. This is money that can be used for the actual building project.
But the most important point about the corner location is visibility for our church. People traveling on both Milburn School Road and Simmons Road will see an inviting church building. As Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Our new church building will be a shining light and help us to connect imperfect people…to a perfect God.