As the road work advances in front of the clinic campus, we have been impressed with the speed at which the work has advanced, and the long hours invested. Each week produces more curiosities to see and experience, along with deep earth shaking of the walls in the buildings. We have chatted a couple times with those working on the project, and also with those in charge (especially after they have knocked out part of our fence that goes around the property...which they promised to fix, over a month ago.) Sometimes getting answers and seeing really what is being planned is not always easy.
While it is an inconvenience for all in the area, everyone is quite happy to endure it knowing what a huge step this is long term for the many neighborhoods that will benefit tremendously.
One thing we have noticed though, is that when installing the sewer system (with a 10" pipe for the entire area's main line...is that seemingly small or is it just us?) and then determining the road's grade down the hill, is that it likely means for us a major headache with our entry to the property.
You can see on this picture the sewer pipe running down the road across from the mission's property, and you can see the wall built for the ditch (and hopefully sidewalk?) running in front of the gate. This also looks to be the level of the road when it will be poured.
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To keep the road level but descending as they have determined, that means that the entrance to the property would require a major change to be usable.
If the road level stays anywhere close to this (which looks worse in person than in this picture, believe it or not, somewhere between two and three feet above the current level), we will be looking at huge financial investment to redo not only our entire gate setup and columns to support it, but huge amounts of fill and then new concrete work to enter and get to the different areas of the property.
We thought we might have to throw a little more concrete near the gate...but this slope would require resurfacing a huge portion of the entrance and hills going up to the clinic and down to the man cave.
We are to talk to an architect/engineer next week about what options we have (including moving the entire entrance further up the property) that would be the easiest and most cost effective, but this is now a big prayer item, because we will need to move quickly once they get down our way (because closing the back entrance will likely happen shortly after that) to be able to have vehicle access.
So pray for good long term solutions, and also for the funding we are going to need to make this happen...and make it happen in a matter of weeks, not months. We have not many any budgets or estimates yet on what it could take...but I am guessing by the time the levels are set and the concrete is poured and gate moved, we could be looking at $5,000, maybe as much as $10,000?
All this is good, or will be good long term... it is just more financially challenging than we are ready to tackle right now.
Seen below...from the front door of the Milk Project building yesterday...they are close!
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