Author: Mikayla Fisher

It’s Happening!

It’s Happening!

 

Years of planning and meetings and discussions and prayers and – you name it – have now moved to the next stage of our building project. Now it’s on to the chaotic fun and noise as we continue to provide excellent care and opportunities for our residents!

 

The work has started once again, and will continue for the next 22-24 months.

 

The primary focus of the past couple of weeks has been demolition work in the U-shaped building sometimes referred to as ‘Old Glory,’ as well as outside work on the north side: continued removal of cottages, removal of part of the road surrounding campus, and grading work. The former will soon become our Assisted Living facility, and the latter our Memory Care wing. Though there are other major components to the project, these two areas of focus have been a part of the process since day one.

 

On Sunday, April 24, there will be a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on the lawn in front of Old Glory…4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend; several key players in the process will share words of welcome, encouragement, and excitement. Refreshments will be served in the old lounge, and there will be an opportunity to make a free-will donation to the project. Regardless of the weather Sunday, a tent will be set up along with some seating available.

 

As construction progresses, it is important to adhere to safety guidelines, even as curiosity kicks into high gear. The road on the north side of campus is inaccessible, though all current Independent Living residents will retain full access to their homes. Construction vehicles will be coming and going as well, and we ask all pedestrians and drivers to exercise extreme caution.

 

We continue to invite your involvement. We will ask for your monetary support; we are requesting careful and prayerful consideration of how you might do so. Your continued prayers are essential as well.

 

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions at any time. After all, we are “living in community” as residents, families, staff, and the community at large.

 

Thank you for your investment in Pleasantview!

 

“Old Glory” interior pre-demolition
North side exterior work
North side with all cottages, trees, and roads removed

 

Notice to Proceed

April 1, 2022

 

Disclaimer: please disregard the date at the top of this piece, or more to the point, the significance of said date. This is NOT an April Fools joke!

 

There are three words that represent the first two months of the year:

  • “Happy New Year” in January
  • “Be my Valentine” in February

 

Might we suggest these three for March?

  • “Notice to Proceed”

 

Those words may not receive the recognition or have the positive vibes of the first two, but on literally the last day of March, we received those three words. They will drastically change the scope of what happens on the Pleasantview campus.

 

Those words allow us to move ahead with the building project…officially. We received approval for a sizeable, yet interest-friendly, loan from USDA…in mid-September of 2021. Then came more requirements and more information and documents needing to be submitted. We kept telling you that ‘it’s right around the corner.’

 

It has been a serious lesson in patience.

 

But on March 31, a meeting took place between Cardinal Construction, Pope Architects, a private building inspector, three reps from USDA, and three of us from Pleasantview. As the meeting wrapped up, we verbally received our “notice to proceed,” giving us full permission to move forward ‘full steam ahead!’

 

So what does that mean? It means that come Monday, April 4, work will begin in earnest…construction equipment will likely show up…and the organized chaos of a major project like this will begin! Barring major changes and unexpected hiccups, it is expected to be a nearly-two-year process.

 

We’d be remiss in saying the funds are all in and just waiting to be spent. The fact is, the loan is friendly to us, as mentioned above. But we continue to raise funds to offset the loan and ease the pressures financially; we will continue to ask for your investment.

 

For now we celebrate the okay to move forward, and we celebrate God’s blessing of granting us the opportunity to help make things better for our residents. We have a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony planned for Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm. Any and all are invited to help us celebrate!

 

We truly do “live in community” at Pleasantview and the community at large…and we thank you for being a vital part of what happens here!

March Update

A quick update on our much-needed building project…

 

We know it feels as though nothing is happening, and that the project has perhaps been forgotten. Nothing is further from the truth; please believe us when we say it IS going to happen, and there IS behind-the-scenes activity!

 

So what is going on? In short, the major source of funding for the project, while approved, is at a standstill until some architectural issues are sorted out. There has been significant movement in that regard, and that does mask some of the frustrations!

 

In the meantime, yet a third cottage has been moved off the premises, with several additional ones slated for relocation as well. The west side of campus is a ‘visible work in progress,’ with construction materials having been moved in over the past week or two.

 

Inside the facility, we invite you to take a look at a few renderings of the finished product. Those are located in the main lobby and also in the Friendship Center. As the construction unfolds, additional drawings will be located around campus.

 

The most common question at this point: “Is it actually going to happen?” And to that we reply with a resounding yes! We regret the seeming inactivity and slow process, and yet the optimism is there and the hope is renewed with each passing day.

 

We ask for your patience (and ours as well!), faith, and continued hope, as we look forward to providing yet more opportunities in this process of “living in community!”

Rendering of the outside of the main entrance