By Christina Sampson for InMaricopa.com
July 17th’s unanimous Maricopa City Council vote approving the site plan review for the church that will be the centerpiece of the Our Lady of Grace Parish’s future planned community didn’t take long, but in reality it was a significant step forward.
Soon, excavation for utilities and sidewalks will begin.
First, however, the parish is hoping to purchase the Glennwilde Basin running through the middle of the property from the subdivision. This will save the parish money in future construction costs as it will not need to create additional retention areas, according to a parish press release.
The parish is negotiating a contract with Global Water for sewer and water impact fees and has already entered into a contract with the company to supply both services to the property.
“We’re just now starting the infrastructure, which is huge for us,” Wayne Santi, church administrator, said.
Designed by Liturgical Envions PC, an architecture firm specializing in Catholic churches, the planned community will feature shopping areas, residential properties, business offices and residential areas.
Santi said the plan is for the area to be a “walkable neighborhood” with an emphasis on community accessibility.
The project will be completed in two main phases. When the first phase is completed, the church will house 500 people.
For the second phase, the back wall of the church will be knocked down and the building will expand to accommodate 1,500 people. Additional areas will expand in relation to the respective phases.
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