2017-01-19 / Local News

Christian Neighbors project underway

$345,000 raised so far
By Patti Brandt Burgess
Of The Enterprise staff


THE STUDS are up and drywall isn’t far behind at the new home of Leelanau Christian Neighbors on Duck Lake Road in Lake Leelanau. Director Mary Stanton is shown in what will be the food pantry. THE STUDS are up and drywall isn’t far behind at the new home of Leelanau Christian Neighbors on Duck Lake Road in Lake Leelanau. Director Mary Stanton is shown in what will be the food pantry. Leelanau Christian Neighbors’ new home in Lake Leelanau is shaping up, with the building’s reconfigured layout already roughed in.

The building, located at 7322 E. Duck Lake Road, now has defined space for each of the non-profit organization’s offerings, with a food pantry, baby pantry and Blessings in a Backpack program each getting their own room.

The Neighborhood Assistance Ministry program will have its own office, which will provide privacy for clients in need as they are being interviewed.

There will also be a conference room, bathrooms, storage rooms, offices and a large reception and waiting area.

Plans also include the addition of a walk-in freezer and cooler and a garage on the back of the building, though that work will wait until the ground thaws.

Bids were being sought this week for flooring, electrical work and painting, said Mary Stanton, executive director of LCN.

The building got a new roof right before it was purchased.

LCN will move in when renovations are done, hopefully in June, Stanton said.

“Everything is going great,” Stanton said. “It’s all hands on deck and everything is moving forward. The June move-in date is pretty good.”

The building has 6,400 square feet of space. It has been empty since 2007.

LCN is currently in a wing in the Suttons Bay Schools building that has gotten pretty crowded, especially after a second pantry located in Northport closed and moved to the Suttons Bay site.

LCN signed papers on its new home on Nov. 30, settling on a price of $385,000 for the building.

The group announced in October that LCN was trying to purchase the building, a project that, with needed renovations, would come to about $600,000.

So far, $345,000 has been raised, Stanton said. She is also pursuing grants.

LCN has been serving Leelanau County since 1987 and has more than 200 volunteers. Those volunteers have had a lot of input on what the building needs.

“We want to make it as easy for them as we can,” Stanton said. “We’re so excited to move there. Project managers are excited at how the rooms are going to look.”

The group has gotten support in other ways, too. Larry Graves, a Suttons Bay architect, is doing all the planning pro bono.

“He’s an amazing man and we love him,” Stanton said. “To do this work is so fabulous. He’s a highly-respected architect and we know that everything is going to be done right.”

Biggs Construction of Lake Leelanau has been chosen as the contractor for the project.

The Lake Leelanau site has been touted as ideal, as it is centrally-located in the county.

Alan Schaub, of Alan Schaub Electrical Services, was at the new place this week to give an estimate on electrical work.

Schaub, who worked on the former Oneupweb building when it was owned by Lisa Weir, said the place is going to be beautiful when it’s done.

“It’s needed in the community, reaching out to those in need,” Schaub said. “It’s centrally located. Everything you could ever want is already here. It’s just putting it together.”

The building is also getting a little help with furniture, as some office equipment came with the building.

Another 30 chairs and eight conference size tables were donated by The Homestead in Glen Arbor.

Financial donations to the project can be sent to LCN Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 32, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

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