March 14, 2017
The next, more invasive phase of our renovation project is underway.
The northernmost door to the church on Guadalupe St., by the tower, and the ADA entrance to the church from Guadalupe St. have been blocked and will continue to be inaccessible through the next few months of construction. The center and southern doors on Guadalupe St. and the wheelchair accessible door from the courtyard which leads into the church by the St. Joseph altar will remain open for all liturgies.
There will be some occasions during our weekly business hours that the ramp leading from the alley into the courtyard will be closed due to construction. A sign will be posted alerting you to this with instructions to use the main office door on Guadalupe St. at 21
This week our contractor is erecting the scaffolding needed to reach the bell tower and begin to remove stone there. Next week a sidewalk tunnel will be built to protect pedestrians in front of the church and will include tunnels to the center and southernmost doors of the church.
Our parking is also affected by the next step in our project. On Tuesday morning fencing will enclose part of the parking area behind the church. The driveway from San Antonio St. to the alley between the blacktop and the gym will be closed, as will most of the parking in this area. This space will be used for construction materials staging and storage. Consequently, our clergy are now parking under the gym, so you may see some signage changes there in the coming days to ensure that the priests have parking spaces available to them at all times.
All of the parking spaces that face the playground and blacktop along the alley will be open as of Tuesday, including all handicapped spaces. We ask that you only use these close-in spaces if needed, and if you are able to park in the garage at 500 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and walk over to the church or offices, please do so as a courtesy to those parishioners who can’t quite make the walk for any reason.
Thank you for your patience, your understanding, and your enthusiasm as we begin to see real progress on the church renovation!