The Tower repairs have been split into two phases, with the goal to complete the most urgent repairs in 2023. The current budgetary estimate for this first phase is $200,000.
At the Annual Vestry Meeting in February, we established a goal to raise $110,000 of the required funds through donations and various fundraising events, with the goal to raise the remaining $90,000 through various grants.
As of today’s date, we have raised a total of $60,484 through various fundraising events and the generous donations of St. Mark’s parishioners, and members of the local community.
We are also pleased to report that we recently received a grant of $35,000 from the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund, and we are gratefully for the continuing support of this organization. Other grant applications are also being prepared and submitted, including applications to the Anglican Foundation of Canada, the City of Kingston Heritage Property Grant, and the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.
So, in summary, we have to date raised close to 50% of the required funds.
In parallel, Matt Morey, of Morey Constructing and Consulting, has been selected as our Construction Manager, and Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (RJC) has been selected as the Engineer, for the Tower Repair work. Together they are preparing the necessary Building and Heritage permits, as well as preparing the Specifications and other Documents to issue to qualified Contractors to competitively tender the actual tower repairs. It is hoped to commence the repair work in late Spring/early Summer.
The Wardens are grateful to all who have given so generously to date for this essential work, and remain optimistic that the remaining funds will be raised in the coming months.
Please click here should you wish to donate to the Tower Repair Fund.