Build Community at 2650!

Want to help create some fun UUCA activities now at 2650 North Druid Hills? As the fall weather settles in, we are excited to create new and joyful opportunities to connect with one another. Our future home at 2650 provides lots of space and opportunities for outdoor events, artistic activities, and getting to know our neighbors. Some thoughts: parking lot BBQ, comet watch, paint temporary murals on the shed, stake the yard for peace/love. We need a group to help us make these projects happen. What are your ideas? If you want to help make this happen, let us know at

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UPDATE: Rethinking Temporary Sign

Sign at 2650 North Druid Hills

Further discussion with DeKalb County has revealed we would have to spend over $7,000 to comply with county requirements before we could even apply for a permanent sign permit. These sunk costs would not apply towards our renovation plans, would likely result in additional costs now to cure building deficiencies and would result in monthly gas utility expenses at 2650 which we have thus far avoided. Given this, we will now reconsider plans for a temporary sign at 2650. We’ll share further developments as they happen.

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Sign, Design, & Feasibility Study

Sign at 2650 North Druid Hills Road

UUCA anticipates signing a contract with the vendor next week, once final design changes are included.  We will then apply for a DeKalb County sign permit, which should be much faster than a building permit. By using the existing (grandfathered) location, pad and electrical access for the previous church sign, the review process should be smoother and will address neighborhood concerns about sight lines when exiting High Haven Court.

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Update: Feasibility Study Running on All Cylinders

The feasibility study is progressing with several different teams working on various aspects. Here are the latest updates on where those efforts are in their work: 

Information Gathering: working with support from Ellen Beattie and John Guyton, Coxe Curry is collecting background information on UUCA related to constituents served, communications/marketing materials, etc. to best inform the case for support process. 

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Update: Task Force Meetings with Coxe, Curry & Assoc.

Coxe Curry and Associates continues to work through the feasibility study. The first task force meeting between CC&A, Reverend Taryn Strauss and members John Guyton, Ellen Beattie, Carol Ann Arvan, and Bryce Thomason occurred last week. The purpose of the task force is to gather background information, demographics and other basic data to create a strong foundation for the study. Additionally, Dave Spierman, Bryce Thomason and Carol Ann Arvan met with our CC&A team at our new property for a tour of the facility this past Monday. They were joined by Fiona Grandowski from our architecture firm, Collins Cooper and Carusi and by Filiberto Laura from Chaote, the builder. The tour was very productive for all in attendance and clarified the next steps.

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Update: 2650 Tour & Feasibility Study Plan

Project Phoenix Update May 9, 2019 The next tour of our property at 2650 N. Druid Hill has been scheduled for Sunday, June 9th from 1:30 – 3:00pm.

Option voting closed on May 8. The majority of the votes strongly favor Option 4. We will report the results next week once both the dot and on-line votes have been tallied.

Our attorney is actively working with DeKalb County to get the permit for the installation of the sign at 2650 N. Druid Hills.

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Update: Options Voting Closing on May 8th

Thank you all for your thoughtful participation in our straw poll as we assess best next steps for a new home for our congregation. As a next step in this process, we will be conducting a philanthropic feasibility study to assess our community’s financial capacity for a campaign over the next few months. To ensure we are able to incorporate the most congregant feedback in advance this study, we’d urge each of you to take a moment to submit your vote if you haven't already done so for the new facility plan you prefer.

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Update: Feasibility Study Begins April 15

Our new fund-raising consultant, Coxe, Curry, Associates will start their feasibility study on April 15th.

Work continues on the creation and installation of our sign at 2650 N. Druid Hills. We are coordinating with the sign company, our attorney and DeKalb County to get the permit, which is somewhat complex.

Please visit the new Project Phoenix website: Enhancements are continuing to be made.

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Update: Consultants for Feasibility Study Selected

Your Fundraising Search Team has now completed its primary goal of identifying a firm to lead us in a feasibility study. The feasibility study will allow us to determine what capacity we have to raise funds. These answers will help inform our decision for construction/renovation of our permanent home. We thank you for your patience as we carefully weighed each of the proposals. After carefully and thoroughly conducting our due diligence, we confidently and unanimously selected Coxe Curry and Associates.

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Update: Available Now: Online Voting for 2650 Options

Town Hall
Please plan to attend the  Project Phoenix Town Hall this Sunday, Mar 10, from 1:30 to 3:00PM in the Social Hall.  There will be a brief presentation followed by an open Q&A session. Childcare will be available.Project

Phoenix Website Coming Soon
We are making it easier to find all Project Phoenix related information in one place. In the next few weeks, we will be launching a new Project Phoenix website where you will find all the latest updates, a calendar of upcoming Project Phoenix events, and a platform to host online Town Halls. 

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Update: March Listening Session becomes a Town Hall

Over 40 people attended last Sundays’ Project Phoenix listening session in the Treehouse Social Hall from 1:30 to 3:00PM. People expressed their feelings and opinions about our future home in a respectful way and the comments are much appreciated. One of the overriding concerns expressed was that people wanted a Q&A session. In response to those comments, we have changed the format of the next meeting from a listening session to a Town Hall.

There will be a Project Phoenix Town Hall on Mar 10 from 1:30 to 3:00PM in the Social Hall. Childcare will be available.

The Q&A answers from the February 10 the meeting will be available early next week and a link will be provided in next week’s update.

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Update: More Listening Sessions on the Horizon

Please attend this Sunday’s Project Phoenix Listening Session in the Treehouse Social Hall from 1:30 to 3:00PM. People will have an opportunity to express their feelings and opinions about our future home in a supportive environment. Child care will be provided.

We had an excellent turnout at our open house this past Sunday. Many questions and concerns were addressed at that time. Straw poll voting for the various options began that day with about 40 people indicating their preference.

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