project/bicycle orgs center…
We have been blessed with a nice facility,
Several years ago, a church located right around the corner from us moved to a new building and we were invited by the landlord to move in. We were in another warehouse in the same industrial park, so we only had to move 100 feet!
Our new building is 4,500 square feet, with offices, two bathrooms and a kitchen! A huge improvement over the other unit – 6,000 sq feet and no improvements whatsoever.
Our new location has nicely finished walls and two central AC units, but since the church people were here only twice a week for two hours, they were able to skirt around insulating the ceiling.
We tried running the AC system, but it could never keep up with the heat buildup in the middle of the day…. and the utility bill went through the – no pun intended – roof!
We set about researching the project and pricing the materials to insulate the ceiling… The room is 80x40 or 3,200 square feet.
We arrived at a price of about $5,000 if we install it ourselves.
In February, I started thinking about donating the money for the materials myself and installing it before the hot weather set in.
Then the pandemic arrived, stifling daily donations and limiting the number of volunteers we can have on staff… At the same time, the need for our services increased tenfold.
We had to close for 9 weeks. Reopening was tough, we have put most of the non-core volunteers on leave, it’s too risky when considering the virus.
We are losing money…
So we decided for the first time in 10 years – In order to pay operational costs during this difficult time – we should start selling our nicer bicycles. We agreed that selling certain bicycles does not conflict with our mission policy, because they are not useful for providing to someone needing to commute.
Selling bikes means refurbishing more bikes. Refurbishing bikes requires more work. And we can’t ask volunteers to work in conditions over 100 degrees in the warehouse.
We need insulation in the ceiling…. Cost $5,000.
The back side of the building we are in, is directly adjacent to a major Tallahassee artery/road that thousands of cars use every day. Our back wall is 100 feet long and 20 feet high. Right now it is in need of repair and paint. We feel improving this wall and painting our logo on it, will raise awareness that we are here. Right now, it really looks like an abandoned building.
Of note. This photo is taken with my back to the wall of our building. There is a hotel being built right across the street and as well, the building on the right in this photo is to be some sort of event center for the community. A nice logo and bicycle-related mural on the wall of our building will provide us much-needed exposure.
Estimates for repairing and painting the wall run around $3,000.
A local artist has agreed to paint a mural that includes our logo and cycling art on the wall. We have not discussed a price.