Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
The session of Ridglea Presbyterian Church calls the congregation to meet on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in the sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 worship service for the purpose of answering the following questions
- Is God calling the congregation of Ridglea Presbyterian Church to authorize its trustees to amend and close the contract for sale of the congregation’s real property to MDJ Partners, LLC?
- Is God calling the congregation of Ridglea Presbyterian Church to authorize its trustees to sign and close a contract for the purchase of the property at 5000 Southwest Blvd, Fort Worth, TX, 76116?
In preparation for this meeting, the session has scheduled two informational meetings. At these meetings, the Property Negotiating Team will go over the key points of the contracts, and members of the session will be on hand to answer questions. These informational meetings will be held on Sunday, February 4, at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel, and on Wednesday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 112.
The session has also prepared a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” below. As always, if you have additional questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to speak with any member of the session.
Your servants in Christ,
|The Session of Ridglea Presbyterian Church|
|Nancy Marchant||John Godwin||Blythe Lee|
|Ken Kibler||Martin Cleworth||Marsha West|
|Cary Dorman||Marsha Dueease||Bill Long|
|Susan Maxwell||Ivey Ramsey||Will Stallworth|
|Tom Sisolak||Lynne Payne|
|Brett Wyatt||Jerry Rottler|
|Rev. Ryan Baer, Moderator Karen Landon, Clerk|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do we need to amend the contract with MDJ Partners? What terms will change?
A: Late last year, we were advised by MDJ Partners that upon completion of their inspections, the contract approved in the fall of 2017 would not close because of concerns over the cost of asbestos abatement and removal. We have retained our own asbestos experts and are in the process of negotiating a revised price with MDJ to account for these concerns. Since the other inspections have been completed, if the way be clear, the timeline for the closing of the contract may be moved forward. The other terms in the contract will remain largely unchanged. After the close of the contract, we will be allowed to occupy our current building for a specified period of time, and we will be able to remove stained glass, organs, bells furniture, and any other items of value.
Q: Where is 5000 Southwest Blvd?
A: The property at 5000 Southwest Blvd is the site of the former Bethel United Methodist Church, which closed in June 2017. The site is approximately 3.12 acres and includes an 8,000 square-foot building with a sanctuary, kitchen, office, and classroom space, as well as ample parking and adequate space for future expansion. As the crow flies, the site is a little less than 2 miles southwest of our present building in the Ridglea Hills addition to the City of Fort Worth, at the northwest corner of Southwest Blvd and West Vickery.
Q: Why is 5000 Southwest Blvd being considered?
A: The property presents a number of attractive attributes for our congregation. Although some of our outreach ministries would likely change with a move, the site is still within the Ridglea section of the city, a Fort Worth neighborhood we have known and served in the name of Christ for 75 years. When mapping our congregation’s home addresses, the site is very near the geographic center of our current membership. Although the existing building on the site is much smaller than our current facility, it appears to have been well maintained, and there is ample parking and room for future expansion. The difference between the sale price of our current building and the purchase price of the property under consideration would allow us to make some immediate modifications to suit our current space needs.
Q: I can’t make either of the informational meetings. Where can I get a copy of the information that will be shared?
A: Copies of information presented may be requested from the church office.
Q: I can’t be there on February 11. Can I vote by proxy?
A: Per the terms of our congregational bylaws, voting by proxy is not allowed.