Conference Trustees share news on new Conference Center
May 01, 2018
Bernie Campbell, president of the New England Conference Board of Trustees and Conference Treasurer Bill Burnside issued the following announcement:
The effort to relocate the offices of the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to new facilities in Methuen, MA, reached a milestone today with the closing on the sale of a portion of the building at 411 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA. The Conference Trustees completed the purchase of the 22,000 +/- sq. foot two-story office building from Boston University last fall. Since that time efforts have been ongoing to convert the second floor of the building to the new Conference Headquarters, along with the Tri-State District Offices. The plans called for converting the building to condominium ownership and selling the first floor unit to help defray the costs of constructing the new offices.
On Friday, April 27, 2018 the process to create an office condominium in the building was completed by recording of the needed plans and Master Deed. On Monday, April 30, the closing on the first floor suite to H & H Properties, LLC of Lawrence, MA, was recorded. The sale assures that there will be sufficient funds available to complete the office renovations, which are ongoing at this time.
Earlier this year the Conference Trustees selected Channel Building Company of Wilmington, MA, as its Construction Manager to oversee the needed renovations, which began in early 2018. Construction has been proceeding, and at a recent construction meeting, Conference officials viewed the space which has been framed out, with rough plumbing and wiring. Drywall installation is ongoing. At the moment, the schedule contemplates substantial completion by mid-June and plans are underway to complete a move to the new facilities by the end of June 2018.
When completed, the project will create an approximately 8900 sq. foot office facility that will have the Episcopal offices of Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, the Administrative Services area headed by Burnside,and the Tri-State District Offices led by Rev. James McPhee. In addition, an 1800 sq. ft. seminar space suitable for group meetings and presentations is being completed on the lower level which will be co-owned (and cooperatively shared) by the Conference and H & H Properties, whose primary business is facilitating and supporting child care operations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Conference has been assisted in the construction process by Trident Building Advisors of Salem, New Hampshire, who is serving as the Owners Project Manager (OPM) for the work. Civil engineering plans were developed by MHF Design Consultants, Inc. of Salem, New Hampshire. Legal assistance with the condominium work was provided by Attorney Paul Magliocchetti of Haverhill, MA.