In 2017, Mount Olivet worked with church consultant, Paul Nixon, to create a strategic plan. One of the recommendations of that plan was to develop the church's parking lot property in a way that would provide space for expanding the ministry and mission of Mount Olivet and, also fill many of the needs of our community. For the past few years, a task force has been meeting to explore this recommendation.
The task force interviewed and chose an architect, Michael Foster, with experience developing projects like this in our area. Michael Foster has met with the task force, Arlington County and leaders in the community to assess potential uses for the property. Michael and his team have developed a conceptual plan for a multi-use project that expands Mount Olivet space, supports many of the needs of our community, retains parking for Mount Olivet and is financially viable without requiring a capital campaign on the part of Mount Olivet.
To help guide Mount Olivet through this initial visioning process for developing the parking lot, we have contracted the services of MTFA Architecture. MTFA’s legacy is rooted in cultural preservation and sustainable design. They embrace a building’s history and environmental context while reconciling the needs of our changing world through resilient innovation and sculptural expression. MTFA’s broad experience across religious, education, commercial, government and preservation will help guide Mount Olivet on our journey to answer - “What is Mount Olivet NOT doing that God is calling us to do?”
As of June 27, 2022
The Parking Lot Building Committee has issued a report documenting the activities, results and recommendations of the Property Development Task Force leading up to the Church Conference meeting on May 21, 2022.
As of May 27, 2022
On Saturday, May 21, at 8:30 AM, Mount Olivet held a called church conference to authorize a building project on the church parking lot property and to elect a building committee. Mount Olivet required approval from the congregation to conduct further research, analysis, and communications prior to contracting with developers. Specifically, the approvals at the May 21 Church Conference approved the development of a project and established a building committee to:
- Develop a statement of the need for the proposed facilities
- Prepare preliminary architectural plans including accessibility plans
- Draft a preliminary cost estimate and
- Propose a preliminary financial plan
Further, the building committee has been tasked with:
- developing a budget to support the work of the Building Committee;
- Meet/communicate with members of the Arlington County government, non-profit organizations, and community members including but not limited to the neighborhood associations and neighbors abutting the church to identify how community needs compatible with the church's ministry and mission could be addressed by the building project;
- complete a detailed study of the size of the parking lot and its daily use;
- identify requirements for and develop a preliminary financing package that uses the Parking Lot property as the church's primary financial investment in the project and for a long-term ground lease;
- assess the experience and capabilities of developers and builders who might be interested in the project and develop a RFP;
- provide a report on the work of the Committee to the congregation at least quarterly.
Live Stream of Town Hall from Thursday, May 5
Live Stream of Town Hall from Sunday, March 20