Update on work to physical plant

Church:

Now: Erecting of Scaffolding to be completed by Aug.16th.

From Aug 15th

Exterior:

Power: A 100amp panel will be run from the church and attached to the scaffolding for use by the abatement company. It will be mostly out of sight and certainly out of reach.

Wash room: A  6’x20’ plastic wrapped shed for the workers to clean themselves and their  clothing. This will be placed along the fence in the garden, the flowers and other plants will need to be moved to the Rectory Garden by Aug. 19th. This shed will remain up for the abatement portion of the project.

Where the brick and brownstone has been painted: the scaffolding will be wrapped in netting all around to protect all areas from falling debris. Sections of the Church will be wrapped in plastic as abatement work progresses around. The paint will be removed, the brinks inspected and a scope of repairs finalized by the architect.

General Time Scheme for phase one:

  • Paint removal: 4wks, Wed, 8/23/17 to Tues 9/19/17
  • Exterior investigation: 3.4 wks, Mon 9/4 to Tuesday 9/26/17
  • File drawings with Landmarks: 4wks, Wed. 9/27/17 to Tues 10/24/17

Interior: Some work needs to be done in the Church Boiler room, this may cause some noise but will not interrupt Mass.

Rectory:

Now: Fr Anselmus and I are able to use the kitchen and dining room. Msgr LoPinto’s room should be livable by the end of the week of August 7th.

Next step: Having consulted with the electricians contracted for the job, Rocklyn realty (the Diocesan real estate group) and an independent electrical contracted retained by Rocklyn, it has been thought most prudent to completely rewire the rectory. There were three compelling reasons:

  • Scope of work: It has been difficult to determine what needs to be done. Whenever a new section is opened more problems are discovered. If we decided to proceed on our present knowledge we could very easily be so inundated by change orders that more money would be spent than if we did the system over. It is possible that some areas may be better than we thought and we would receive a rebate but I am not counting on it.
  • Previous water damage: The garden wall of the rectory leaked severely last winter and needed considerable repointing. The wall has since held but the wires were soaked. They may pass a test now but could deteriorate in the future. Fixing this now is a sensible option.
  • Ability to plan: Completely rewiring the rectory keeps the variables to a minimum.
    1. The workers will be contracted in advance and a timetable maintained. This would allow enough work to be completed that the Rectory (living areas for the Priests) would be able to fully function by Labor Day. The workers would not finish completely however until the end of September.
    2. We could begin the efforts to be reimbursed for these expenses. This will be a long process and it would be good to begin it as soon as possible with as clear a set of figures as we can develop.

Once more I would like to thank and commend Fr Anselmus, Msgr LoPinto and Blanca Anchundia for their support, understanding and creativity during this time.

 

 

 

Construction Updates

We wanted to provide an update on the time frames for construction work in the parish. We will update on a weekly basis.  – Fr. Smith

Church

Now: Erecting of Scaffolding.

From: Aug 15th

Exterior:

Power line: One will be run from the church to the scaffolding. It will be mostly out of sight and certainly out of reach.

Shed: A facility for the workers to shower. This shed will remain up for several months. If it is placed along the fence in the garden, the flowers and other plants will need to be moved to the Rectory Garden by Aug. 19th. If not it will be placed in the parking area with the loss of secure parking.

Repair work:

Where the church has been painted red: Sections of the Church will be wrapped in plastic. The paint will be removed, the brinks inspected and then repaired if necessary.

Where the brink was painted white: A net will be set on the scaffolding and the brick inspected and if necessary repaired.

Interior: Some work needs to be done in the Church Boiler room, this may cause some noise but will not interrupt Mass.

General Prognosis: The exterior of the church should be completed by Independence Day, 2018.

 

Parish Center/Rectory

Office: The Parish office has been returned to 31 Sidney Place.

Repairs:

Now: Sufficient power has been restored to the building that Fr Anselmus and I have been able to return to the living quarters of the Rectory. Msgr Lo Pino should return shortly. The damage directly caused by the electrical fire has been mostly repaired and will be covered by our insurance.

Upcoming:

  • Problems with the workmanship in the most recent installation: The fire revealed that much of the actual work done in the renovation of the building was not what was ordered and reported. We are presently looking at the options which range from a complete rewiring to targeting the more serious lapses. Several plans have been designed and are being reviewed by an independent electrical engineer. How much of this will be covered by insurance will be a matter for negotiation and, possibly, litigation. In any event the building will not be reopened until safety can be assured,
  • Items which were not part of the original renovation: While the building is being worked on we are looking at possible improvements. Most specifically we hope to install a fire alarm that will be connected to the general alarm system and a more efficient water heater.

General prognosis: The repair work should be completed by Labor Day but the negotiations for repayment will be ongoing.

 

Rectory Office Closed

Due to an electrical fire on Friday 6/23, the Rectory is closed until repairs can be made. Masses and other services will continue as scheduled at the Church. The Rectory office has been relocated to the Church’s 1 Aitken Place entrance – please ring the doorbell, call (718) 625-1177 or email [email protected]

Bishop Emeritus Thomas Vose Daily +1927-2017

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio regrets to inform the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn of the death of Most Reverend Thomas Vose Daily, Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn. Bishop Daily was born on September 23, 1927, ordained a priest on January 10, 1952, ordained a bishop on February 11, 1975, appointed as Bishop of Palm Beach from 1984 through 1990, and served as Bishop of Brooklyn from 1990 through 2003. Bishop Daily died on May 15, 2017 at the Bishop Mugavero Residence at Immaculate Conception Center.
The arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017:
Viewing: 2:00 PM – 9:00PM
Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: 718-299-8001 Ext. 2100

Evening Prayer: 5:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: 718-299-8001 Ext. 2100

Vigil Service: 7:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: 718-299-8001 Ext. 2100

Thursday, May 18, 2017:
Viewing: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cathedral Basilica of Saint James
250 Cathedral Place
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 852-4002

Vigil Mass: 7:30 PM
Cathedral Basilica of Saint James
250 Cathedral Place
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 852-4002

Friday, May 19, 2017:
Viewing: 9:00 AM -10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: 718-299-8001 Ext. 2100

Funeral: 11 :00 AM
Immaculate Conception Center Main Chapel
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: 718-299-8001 Ext. 2100

Burial:
Bishops’ Crypt
Douglaston, New York
Condolences may be sent to his nephew, Reverend Vincent Daily, at Saint Gregory Rectory,
2223 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he
rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn

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