Where will the parish campus be built?
In 2004, the Diocese of Charleston purchased the 6.2 acre site bound by Seven Farms Drive and Etiwan Park Drive, across the street from Bishop England High School, as a potential site for the construction of a parish church and facilities. In an effort to make sure another site may not be more suitable, a parish site team considered many other options, including sites off Clements Ferry Road and elsewhere on Daniel Island. Ultimately, the 6.2 acre site did prove to be best.
What will the buildings look like? When will we break ground? How much will this cost?
Parishioner input gathered in September 2016 strongly desires traditional Catholic church architecture. The design process begins in the first quarter of 2017.
Groundbreaking occurs once adequate funds are in the bank and the design has been approved by the parish, the diocese and the City of Charleston.
The general formula for church construction cost is $1.2 million per 100 seats. Right now we are presuming the church will seat anywhere from 800 to 1,200 people. Actual costs will vary according to architecture, design, materials, and so on. We can anticipate the church and land may cost somewhere around $13 million. Other buildings and facilities will come at additional costs.
Is there enough acreage to accommodate the parish’s needs?
Our initial sketch shows that we will have enough room for a church, a parish center (reception hall, administrative offices, educational and meeting space), a narthex (a welcoming space to connect the two), a columbarium (for internment of cremated remains) plus parking and an outdoor pavilion area for cookouts. The City of Charleston will grant us a variance to use the parking lot at BEHS toward the occupancy requirements of the building code since both entities are owned by the Diocese.