A Lease for the Future

Fairview Health Systems is expanding its hospital building and medical services it offers to our community. They are now required to have several hundred more parking spots for their employee parking, and this additional parking necessitates either their construction of a ramp or more surface parking. Fairview considered either building on their own parcel of land or negotiating with us for the purchase of our lower parking lot east of the Christian Life Center for ramp construction.

We are in the beginning stages of a five year plan, including evaluation of our facilities and long term needs. We are not ready to sell our parking lot, or split our property at this time. A lease seems like the best option for both Fairview and Prince of Peace to meet our needs over the next few years. As good campus partners, we want to support each other’s short and long-term goals, so we have reached a final proposal with intent to draft and sign a lease with Fairview; our attorney will be drafting up a lease.  As soon as the terms and lease are finalized, we will share the details with the congregation.  All of this was done with consultation of our Board of Directors,  key staff and a few outside land consultants.

The parking lease being discussed is the land east of the Christian Life Center.  Once the lease is in effect, we will asking everyone except Fairview employees to park in other areas Monday through Friday (with exceptions of Christmas Eve and Mega Sale).  This move may necessitate moving our garage and/or community garden; if this occurs, we will have ample time to consult with various engaged parties as to new sites. Again, details will be forthcoming.

While the prospect of moving the garage and garden may seem like a hassle, Prince of Peace and Fairview benefit from this opportunity.  It’s these partnerships that help all of us on our Ridges Campus work together in God’s work in the world. We appreciate our board’s flexibility in being available for meetings and creatively consider opportunities and solutions. We hope you find this to be good stewardship of God’s creation. Please feel free to ask any Board or executive staff member for more details, once they become available.

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