Thursday evening, January 17th, the company that controls future use of North Chapel at Liberty Station will make a brief presentation of their plans to the Peninsula Community Planning Board.
A short amount of time will be allocated for Q&A from Board members and the audience.
Point Loma Hervey Branch Library
3701 Voltaire Street
Meeting begins at 6:30 pm
Item is scheduled for approximately 8:15pm
As posted in our January 10th PLA Newsletter, here is background on recent developments in this important issue…
On Monday morning, January 7th, representatives from Point Loma Association, Peninsula Community Planning Board and City Councilmember Campbell’s office met with the people shaping the future of historic North Chapel.
It was a fact-finding mission to balance months of rumors, and to seek areas of agreement rather than issue demands. And it went well.
Executives from Pendulum Properties – new owners of most of the leases at Liberty Station, including the Chapel – were there.
Tim Wirick, CEO of 828 Venues – the company ordained by Pendulum to create future events at the Chapel – also fielded questions.
Tim is a graduate of Mid America Nazarene University. He’s not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Playing basketball against PLNU convinced Tim that San Diego is the place to be.
Joe Haeussler, former McMillin Executive now with Pendulum, provided history on the growth of Liberty Station and the evolution of the Chapel property.
We learned that the 1942 building needed considerable upgrading and renovation over recent years, including removing and replacing lead in the numerous stained glass windows.
Limitations of size and auxiliary facilities (no parish hall) make the Chapel less than ideal for a congregation to utilize full time. The nearby Rock Church, though not interested in acquiring the Chapel, is supportive of the 828 plan, according to Pendulum.
The building dates to 1942, but many of the features within are far more modern – as recent as the early 2000s. Some of us might have believed nothing had changed since WWII.
Here are the main things we learned in the meeting.
- The Chapel will not become a restaurant, a bar, a retail space or offices. Pendulum Properties respects the unique nature of the Chapel. They turned to 828 because they specialize in event venues and have worked with historic properties elsewhere – Indiana, Colorado and Washington State.
- The Chapel could accommodate a wider range of events, like weddings, with modifications making it more ecumenical.
- To fully utilize the space, removing some or all of the pews may be possible since they are considered furniture. However, any modifications in the interior design will be fully reversible for restoration of the current configuration in the future.
- Pendulum and 828 have hired architects with experience in historic structures. They are working with the City’s Development Services Department and promise that all plans will be reviewed by the Historic Resources Board and comply with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Criteria for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
It seems Pendulum believes that pushing the envelope to the broadest possible uses allowed by the NTC Precise Plan is not is not appropriate for the Chapel and would not have community support.
Tim Wirick and his team now face the task of threading the needle – expanding options and achieving results within the limits of physical structure and historical review.
Following our meeting, 828 Venues provided a statement including this information:
We plan to continue to operate the North Chapel as an event venue, allowing for a wide range of events such as weddings, religious gatherings, performances, receptions, and more. We look forward to sharing more information about our plans once they are developed. In the meantime, please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.