112 Medina St., Austin, Texas, 78702
How Our Core Values and Our Property Search Intersect
Anglican worship at Christ Church involves an appreciation not only for the beauty of language, but of space. Cultivation of beauty is part of bearing God’s image and pointing to the splendor of His beauty and glory. This property does need to be remodeled to reflect the aesthetic and values of Anglican worship but does not have to be “gutted.”
The space will foster community gatherings, events, potlucks, small groups with childcare, etc.
This ministry center provides opportunities for serving the local neighborhood, openness to the surrounding community, and accessibility to “outsiders.” The property size dovetails with our desire to plant new churches. We do not expect to grow perpetually bigger at this site, but to plant new communities of disciples for the sake of a changed world.
This city center location continues our sixty-year history as a central Austin church and provides opportunities to engage the arts and media, marketplace and entrepreneurship, poverty and education, social and ethnic diversity, etc. The location also takes into consideration the city’s master plan Imagine Austin and principles of New Urbanism, with a growing network of public transportation all around it.
The location combines elements of a downtown location with a diverse neighborhood setting, allowing us to open the doors to people of all walks of life with as servant’s heart and loving embrace.
Property Fast Facts
Cost: 4.1 Million
Building Size: 11,480 Sq. Ft.
Land Size: 1.269 Acres
Year Built: 1960
2014 Estimated Total Population: 326,942
2014 Households: 137,671
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this property the right size for Christ Church?
The sanctuary at the new property will hold about 400 – 450 chairs, which is a few more than the ballroom at the TexFed will hold. There is adequate parking in two parking areas on the property plus street parking around the building. The classrooms, offices and community rooms will meet our current needs as well as support new ministries.
Will we have room to grow?
Our plan is to plant churches, campuses and/or services around Austin; therefore, this property not only meets our current space needs, it fits well within our vision and strategy for church growth.
During the first 60 days of the feasibility period many things will happen behind the scenes. Our parish has an opportunity to pray while the building is being inspected and assessed. After we have had enough time to assess the property, the parish will have an opportunity to vote on whether to proceed with this purchase.
What is a feasibility period?
A feasibility period is a 120-day period of time when Christ Church will have professionals conduct surveys and inspections on the building to assess its condition, discover any potential environmental issues that will need to be addressed, and negotiate a price reduction on the property to cover the costs of any necessary repairs.
How will the parish be kept informed during the feasibility Period?
In a couple of months we will host two open houses at the property, hold at least two information meetings and give regular updates during church services and through the eNews. In addition a special page on the Christ Church website has been created to keep the parish informed of any major developments during the feasibility period.
How much will the property cost?
The contract price for the new property is 4.1 million. By the end of this year Christ Church’s building fund will have accumulated $1.5 million. Some individual donors have already pledged an additional $1.275 million to the building fund. This total of $2.775 million will comprise the down payment, leaving a balance of $1.325 needed to purchase the property.
Will we have to secure a mortgage?
Christ Church has been approved for a loan of $1.5 million, which will cover the remaining balance and provide a small financial buffer for any unforeseen expenses. This debt structure is reasonable based on Christ Church’s historical income experience and future projections.