Dear PIMC Friends:
It appears that Covid is significantly on the decline and Oregon will be opening more and more to gatherings of all kinds.
Our grand reopening is dependent both upon the Covid issues and the building project and likely will be in early to mid September.
We are still in negotiations with the City of Portland permits department concerning what modifications need to be made to our plans. The issue revolves around the offices that are under the Dharma Hall and how many people might be in them at one time. By the city’s analysis it might be 36. Our hired code specialists say it is 25 at most. The difference is huge because if we are over 30 there are expensive code requirements that must be met, including a sprinkler system, centralized fire alarm, and rebuild the front interior stairway. If we accede to this it will be very expensive. We should know within a week if we will be able to avoid these extra requirements. WE have remarkably skilled people working with us to help make it happen.
Once we get the permit we will need 62 days for construction. This will include: ramps to living room and dharma hall, new door into the west side of the Dharma Hall, rebuilding the upstairs bathroom to be ADA compliant and fully accessible, raising the ceiling in the downstairs hallway, bringing the downstairs bathrooms up to code, opening the ceilings of all the offices and adding layers of sheetrock to create a two hour fire block between them and the Dharma Hall, and modifying the joist connections in all of the offices in preparation for the major seismic upgrade that will follow in the next few years.
In addition, the living room is receiving a well deserved upgrade. There will be: new carpet, lighting, paint and a plaque honoring Ron Naito and Anne Naito-Campbell who made both the living room and major project possible through their great generosity. The lighting change will include removing the asbestos (popcorn) ceiling in the living room and repairing the sheetrock there.
For now, as we await permits and construction all the furniture from the downstairs offices and the furniture from the living room is in the Dharma hall. Before construction begins we will get all the contents covered in plastic.
It has been a long haul and has required the development of lots of patience.
The PIMC board, the teachers and I are all grateful for you hanging in there with us through this long hiatus. I am certain that it will be a great homecoming in the relatively near future.
PS Those of you who live at a distance have no fear we will maintain our online presence.