We have two main hurdles before us as we get closer to starting construction this summer: access to the land and being approved for a loan.
Access to the land has always been an issue, but things have been moving along positively on that front. The developer, Jim Siepmann, has asked us to help fund a traffic study that shows the county how much our subdivision will impact the intersection going into Waukesha West. It will be minimal–only 5%–so he hopes that will help in allowing him (and Living Word, as a result) to get access to the land in order to build.
The second hurdle, being approved for a loan, is now in the hands of the Synod’s Church Extension Fund (CEF), now that Living Word has submitted the required documents to secure a loan. We’ve received a “thumbs up” from our local District Mission Board based on our ministry plan for reaching out into the community, so we hope that will carry some weight. Pray that these last hurdles will be crossed so we can move on with our plans of putting a spade in the ground by June/July of 2018.