Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands


Update on our Accessibility Project – Keep the faith. We will get there.

Author Nadine Sapirman, Written Jan 18, 2013


When we moved into 123 East Cliff Street we vowed that we would not dedicate our building until it was accessible to all. To that end a team of dedicated congregants has worked with a local architect to complete the detailed plans needed for our building accessibility project.

As the fall of 2012 progressed, it became clear that we would not be able to build during the summer of 2013 as we had hoped. We have received a number of cost estimates, all of which are significantly outside of the budget. Based on the funds that we now hold and projected pledge income we expect to collect, we estimate that we need to bring our construction costs within a range of $250,000 – $300,000 for this project to be affordable. We believe that we will be able to get the project within the budgeted amount but will need to delay construction until the 2014 summer window.

The ACCESS team has developed a schedule of actions needed to get to the summer-2014 construction, with key timeline elements of:

• End of 2013Q1: have a contractor/plan that can achieve a $275k cost with acceptable parameters
• End of 2013Q2: have revised plans ready for submission to Somerville board.

Members of the ACCESS team will be available during coffee hour February 10 and February 17 to answer any questions you may have on the status of the project.

I want to personally thank everyone for the support that has given to UUCSH and for your patience as we have worked through the details of this. We are all looking forward to the day when everyone can move about our building. If you have any questions about your contribution status or how you can contribute please talk to Hans or to me.

Thank you for your continued support.

Your president,