BRUNSWICK---The Town of Brunswick Planning Board has unanimously approved the final plan application submitted for a new multi-purpose facility on the west side of the campus that connects the historic St. John the Baptist Church and St. John’s Catholic School on Pleasant Street. The decision was made during a planning board meeting held at Brunswick Town Hall on Tuesday, August 1.
“We are overjoyed to have completed another significant step on the path to making this dream a reality,” said Jim Baskerville, general chair of the steering committee overseeing the campaign. “There was welcome community support for the project on display on Tuesday including one neighbor, a non-parishioner, who praised the facility plans during the meeting and appealed to the board to vote ‘yes.’”
The multi-purpose facility, which will be approximately 15,074 square feet, will include a large open space that will serve as an auditorium, gymnasium, and cafeteria; a fully-equipped kitchen; a stage; a music room; a meeting room; an Adoration chapel; full men’s and women’s restrooms and locker rooms; family bathrooms; and other amenities.
A groundbreaking ceremony at the site is being planned for the fall with construction to start in the spring of 2018.
“There is an appreciation for how important having a facility like this is for not only the use and enjoyment of the parish and school, but for other community organizations as well,” said Baskerville.
As the excitement surrounding the project continues to grow, so have the number of donations to support it. A generous donor recently made an estate gift of $250,000, and a parishioner has offered a matching gift of $25,000 for donors who wish to make their contributions double in value. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $3.4 million towards a goal of $4.8 million.
“A catch phrase that has really resonated in the Brunswick area is ‘It’s More Than a Building,’ and it truly is,” said Baskerville. “Parish unity, providing the best education for our young people, and building on our relationship with the community are all goals that can be met with the successful completion of this facility.”
The building design was finalized by Scott Simons Architects in Portland; Sitelines, PA, of Brunswick; and the parish construction committee. The new facility accommodates for growth in the Brunswick area and rising enrollment in the school and parish.
“This campaign is presenting the chance for parishioners and non-parishioners to work together with a shared goal of creating a facility that will benefit residents of Brunswick and the Midcoast region,” said Fr. Thomas Murphy, pastor of All Saints Parish. “This process is establishing a new era of cooperation and friendship that will grow for years to come throughout our community.”
To view the new “Founded on Faith, Building the Future” campaign video, click here.
If you are interested in making a donation to the capital campaign or taking advantage of the matching gift offer, online donations can be made at www.allsaintsmaine.com by clicking the “Donate Here” link.
Community members can also purchase pavers that will include engraving to support the campaign. Stone size and price range from $100 to $350. To purchase a paver, to make a donation by phone, or for more information, contact Charleen Foley at All Saints Parish at (207) 725-2624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.