FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

introduction/general

The Foundation exists as the legal entity that will facilitate the construction, maintenance and operations of the Community Center at Lake Chelan.  It is a secular 501c(3) whose purpose is to be a hub that connects people, resources and activities to each other in ways that enhance the quality of life in the Lake Chelan Valley in tangible ways with no strings attached.  It is available to everyone!

The Community Center will be a hub for building relationships, promoting health and wellness, meeting the needs of the unserved, empowering professional endeavors, promoting volunteerism and empowering sports and healthy activities in the Chelan Valley. 

The property, adjacent to the Lookout development, is under contract for purchase and will close this summer.  The location is better than the planned property on Anderson Rd. property for many reasons, including proximity to downtown Chelan and Manson, proximity to utilities, and overall accessibility.  Additionally, our agreement with the Lookout will enable the foundation to donate five acres of buildable land to the Chelan Valley Housing Trust on Anderson Rd.

The Foundation is at 50% in committed funds of the estimated project costs of $8.5 million.  This has been accomplished through a combination of private donations and public and private grants.

We are pursuing multiple grants including state funding, the USDA, and multiple private foundations.  We also are developing private donors at all levels and eventually a public campaign to raise the final 10%. 

We are grateful for some exceptional support from the City with respect to planning and permitting and we hope we can continue this positive relationship.  Our estimates, based on forecasted ERU levels, will require over $200,000 in hookup fees without creating a commensurate demand on municipal systems.  We are hoping for some reasonable cost mitigation with respect to utility hookups.  Additionally, we would like to move the location of Bluebell Avenue to the southern edge of our property instead of its current templated location running directly through the property. 

facility

The CCLC will be at the 103 Bighorn Way: on Hwy 150 just NW of downtown Chelan and on bus route#21.  The campus is 6-acres, the community center will be 26,500 sq. ft. The pool will be a 25-yard competition swimming pool.

It’s both! The CCLC strives to provide opportunities for the whole person; mind, body and spirit.

  • 25-yard competition swimming pool.
  • 6 Outdoor pickleball courts
  • 2 Outdoor sand volleyball courts

That was the original plan, but in late 2019, an opportunity came about to move the location to Bighorn & Hwy 150. This location is within walking distance of downtown, easily assessible to public transit on Hwy 150, has construction cost savings and is already nestled near local neighborhoods. Additionally, through a creative property deal between SAF, Lookout, and Chelan Housing Authority, more than half the original property will be donated to Chelan Housing Authority for low-income housing, and the other half will be sold to help pay for the CCLC campaign. A rare Win-Win-Win situation!

Multi-purpose auditorium/gymnasium:

  • Full size basketball court with spectators or 3 practice courts
  • Full size volleyball court with spectators or 3 practice courts
  • Stage
  • Hosting capacity of 500-700

25-yard competition swimming pool

Indoor children’s play structure

Meeting rooms – various sizes available

Office space – 10×10 rooms available to rent at affordable rates

Workspace center – space available to rent by the day (desk, monitors, internet)

Coffee shop in the reception area

Outdoor event space & botanical gardens

Yes! There will be a 25-yard competition indoor swimming pool. It will be available for private/group rental, host swimming lessons, and will have open hours for those with pool subscriptions or passes.  High Schools will have the opportunity to use pool for swim teams.

Yes, the gym rental will be available to schools, clubs, and the community. With the limited gym space in the valley, school, clubs and AAU teams will be able to practice and play in the new regulation-sized indoor court.  We would love to see Lake Chelan host some of the largest tournaments in the region.

Yes! The auditorium is large enough to host a wide variety of events. It has capacity for 500-700 as a tabled event. It will also include full A/V set up for sound and a projector/screen, commercial kitchen onsite, and variety of multi-purpose rooms that could be used for set up such as a Bridal Room.

It will be in a 900 sq. ft room that will allow children to have a safe and comfortable place to play year-round and parents the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as they keep an eye on their little ones.

Yes, there are phases of design to accommodate expansion to the building and around the campus. We will make decision for expansion as we grow into the new facility and see what best serves the center and our community.

funding

Yes!  The project will entail construction of a 26,500 square foot facility using as many local contractors as possible.  Additionally, the Community Center will serve as a hub of commerce and development and generate multiple sources of tax revenue. 

The CCLC will be for everyone in our community; a centralized service hub that connects people, resources and activities to each other in ways that enhance the quality of life in Lake Chelan Valley. See how our Core Values align with yours:

  • Service: We promote volunteerism as a way of life. We will host Volunteer Fairs and actively work to ensure the community is encouraged to get involved and help them find organizations to engage with.
    • Connection: We will be a tool to help connect individuals, non-profits and businesses. Our office, meeting and event spaces will help foster connection through the organizations we bring together and events we host to better connect our community. Our facility will allow space for the amazing nonprofits around the Lake Chelan Valley to come together. 
    • Relationships: It is so important to build healthy families and friendships, using the power of community we will help our community establish, sustain and grow relationships. We will host opportunities for the organizations who use the facility to network and best work together for the common good of all.
    • Wellness: We equip people to grow strong in body, mind and spirit. The CCLC campus will have a wide variety of wellness opportunities for physical activity, educational growth, and fulfilment.
    • Compassion: We want to help meet the needs of the unserved and underserved.  It drives our core planning and in times of crisis, people will be able to find temporary shelter in the CCLC.

It’s easy! Go to https://sevenacres.givingfire.com/ to make an online donation. You can learn more about the different levels of giving here, https://ccatlakechelan.org/partners/. Or simply mail donation to P.O. Box 1732 Chelan, WA. 98816

Yes! We would love the opportunity to show our appreciation for your donation through a naming opportunity. Please contact Raye Evans raye@sevenacresfoundation.org to discuss further.

Brick sponsorship starts at just $150, see the opportunities here, https://ccatlakechelan.org/partners/.

Naming opportunities for rooms or elements of the facility start at $25,000. See the opportunities here, https://ccatlakechelan.org/naming-opportunities-2/.

We are in the process of applying for a variety of public and private foundations for the capital campaign. Adding to the support of private individuals, they are critical to the success of the campaign.

Do you have a foundation that CCLC could be a good fit for? Please contact Raye Evans raye@sevenacresfoundation.org to discuss further.

No, and this is so appealing to our community.  The CCLC is for everyone in our community but you have a choice to be a part of it.  The CCLC cannot exist on its own, but thanks to those who are excited to be a part of making it happen, the opportunity is here for everyone.

We fully expect the funds to be raised.  Our contingency plan is to evaluate reducing the scope of the building and consider construction in multiple phases based on the availability of funding.  We expect to utilize construction loans based on the pledged funding.

We are hosting fundraising events throughout the campaign and construction. Join our mailing list or watch the website for event announcements. 

Once completed, an annual fundraising event is likely to support on-going programs and CCLC facility.

Raye Evans, the Executive Director of the Seven Acres Foundation, monitors and regularly posts update on the website https://ccatlakechelan.org/updates/. We also have an email newsletter that will be sending monthly updates directly to your inbox. To sign up please visit https://ccatlakechelan.org/ (sign up at the bottom of the page).  

who is served/affiliations

Compassion is a core value at CCLC. We are developing partnerships and programs that enhance the lives of disadvantaged kids in our community. We are also taking consideration of the limited or lack of funds available to disadvantaged kids and their families as we develop the CCLC’s services.  These plans are coming along, so be on the lookout for more detailed information as we get closer to opening. In addition, the CCLC is providing a venue and affordable space for partners and service organizations that work to help the disadvantaged throughout the city and region in a variety of ways. To help accommodate these relationships we will have sliding scale options for usage and services to allow our partners to do their good work serving those in need in our community.

The CCLC is part of the Seven Acres Foundation (SAF) non-profit organization, with the SAF Board of Directors governing it. While members of RealLife NCW have been instrumental in creating the CCLC, they are separate entities.   When looking at a potential building, the church saw the need for something bigger and broader than just a space for them to meet. Individuals were brought in from the larger community, outside the church, to join the project and created the SAF Board. SAF now leads project development and will run operations of the center. RealLife NCW will be a long-term tenant of the community center, renting office space and the multi-purpose room for weekly worship services.

The CCLC is open to everyone.

No, that is Sower’s Hall in Manson.

CCLC is a dedicated, community campus located close to downtown Chelan. It will be owned and operated by the Seven Acres Foundation, not a church. It will have broader open hours, meeting space, offices, indoor children’s play structure, bigger event space, and a pool! Sower’s Hall provides some of the same accommodations as the CCLC will, but not to the same degree. The CCLC will also coordinate our own programs in addition to those run by outside groups who use the facility. 

A central piece of property has been acquired for The Community Center at Lake Chelan thanks to a mutually beneficial, three-way agreement between the Lookout, Chelan Valley Housing Trust and the Seven Acres Foundation.  We are excited to have the Lookout as neighbors!

CONSTRUCTION

Yes! With your support and the dedicated members of the Seven Acres Foundation we WILL make the Community Center at Lake Chelan a reality!

Our community has been wanting and trying to fulfil the dream of a community center for many years. As planning for the CCLC began to take shape in 2017, we used that community interest and support to drive making the CCLC a reality! We anticipate breaking ground in September 2020 and having our Grand Opening for Phase One the Spring/Summer of 2021.

Rimmer & Roeter Construction is our primary contractor. We are also working with Complete Design (architect & structural engineer), GCH (campus layout & landscape design), Torrence Engineering (civil engineer).

Three local contractors were considered by Seven Acres Foundation Board of Directors, alongside project building committee.

We anticipate minimal disruption, if any.  Highway access is established from Bighorn Way.  Water and Sewer is established to property. 

SUSTAINABILITY

We have developed a detailed pro forma budget outlining our first five years and how we will balance our earned revenue through facility rentals and program fees to offset our expenses. If you are interested in learning more about our business model, please contact Raye Evans, raye@sevenacresfoundation.org.

Yes. Our ongoing business model is sustainable with earned revenue from the facility rentals and program fees. Yet as any non-profit, additional support is always appreciated! Sponsors, donors and grants will supplement our earned revenue and allow for sustainable security with strategic reserves, successful events, and program expansion to increase our impact. If you are interested in learning more about our business model, please contact Raye Evans, raye@sevenacresfoundation.org.

As part of the capital campaign we are looking for sponsors to support the construction of the CCLC, which can be done with a one-time gift or multi-year sponsorship.

Long term our business model is sustainable, yet as any non-profit, sponsors are always appreciated! Sponsors, donors and grants will supplement our earned revenue and allow for sustainable security with strategic reserves, successful events, and program expansion to increase our impact. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor, please contact Raye Evans, raye@sevenacresfoundation.org or visit https://ccatlakechelan.org/partners/.

Our plan for sustainably is to have a swimming pool that balances earned revenue from individual subscriptions, private rentals, classes and swim teams, to cover the full operating expense. We also have maintenance support from a local donor to offset expenses. A community pool is so critical to the Lake Chelan Valley, that we are prepared to mitigate any additional expense through fundraising. We need this resource; our children need this resource.