Dear Padre Serra Parishioners,
As you’ve observed, Shea Homes has been working for some time to construct a new neighborhood on the north and west sides of our parish. There will be a new street, providing access to this new development, running immediately along the west side of our property. Because It isn’t safe to have an exit immediately next to such a busy street, we have been asked to close our Western entrance, and reroute it onto that new road. We will also lose a strip of our property for a right hand turn lane onto that new road.
On the one hand, this new road would provide us with a second left hand turn lane with a signal for eastbound traffic, which will be helpful, but will require some inconvenience while Shea reconfigures our parking lot. Their plans provide us with the same number of spaces, and they have a landscape architect working on how to replant whatever is removed during construction. This construction will inevitably be very inconvenient for us, especially if the West gate gets closed for any portions of the work before the new entrance is completed.
I apologize to you in advance, and ask for your patience!
I have asked them to do all this work during Summer months. We were under the impression that this project wouldn’t start until next summer, but we just learned that they hope to complete most of our parking lot these next months.
This Monday, construction for the removal of ground cover and electrical and sprinkler systems will begin on the west entrance and exit to the church parking lot. This will include the removal of some trees – I have been promised that they will be replaced. The west entrance should remain open during this phase of construction.
If you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them.