1b. Why are you undertaking this project now?
While OBUC’s congregation is growing, many of our facilities need work, such as Gardiner Hall that is seismically unsafe. If we do not make changes, maintenance costs will increasingly burden the church and reduce the many programs we provide to our community. Increasing maintenance costs are a challenge facing many social service organizations across Canada as the many buildings build in the post World War II era reach the end of their useful life.
Developing affordable housing will provide a critically needed community service, while providing OBUC with the needed revenues to maintain existing facilities and continue its community programming.