Dear People of God,
I wanted to provide an update on the sale and future redevelopment of the surface parking lot, located across State Street to the west of Holy Name Cathedral. The land is currently under contract to JDL Development, an experienced local development firm.
On August 2, members of the Cathedral’s Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee, Holy Name Staff, Archdiocese representatives and I met with James Letchinger, the president and founder of JDL Development, and Jim Plunkard, co-founder and lead architect of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, to discuss their initial plans for the project.
As I mentioned in the July 23 Sunday bulletin, the developer is obligated to provide 225 parking spaces in the new development specifically dedicated for the use of the Cathedral. We are pleased with the latest design as it relates to the location and functionality of those parking spaces. Once the parking is finalized, we will turn our attention to the design of the open green space that the developer is also required to provide as part of the development which will act as a buffer between the Cathedral and the new buildings. We are excited for the potential for this space as a new amenity for parishioners and event goers of the Cathedral. The Cathedral Committee and Archdiocese will be actively engaged in the design of this space.
The developer is currently engaged in the entitlement process. Once complete, the sale is expected to close and the development likely to break ground by mid-year 2018. Our Cathedral Committee is working with the Archdiocese to find interim parking for parishioners and staff once construction begins, as we will lose temporary access to parking at the site.
I will continue to update you on the progress of this project in future bulletins and on our Cathedral website. In the meantime, please contact me at (312) 787-8040 if you have any questions. I ask for your continued prayers, patience and support.
Blessings and Joy,