A2 Project Timeline
August 2002 – New Life Church and Great Commission Ministries purchase a building, the former Delta Zeta sorority house, at 1541 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI, concluding a 2.5-year search for land within walking distance of the University of Michigan’s central campus.
February-April 2003 – NLC applies for and receives parking variance.
November 2003 – NLC files for Site Plan approval that would allow the
construction of an auditorium behind the existing building.
December 2003 – January 2004 – NLC hosts 5 Open Houses to which more
than 200 households in the surrounding neighborhood were invited.
January-November 2004 – NLC pastors, staff, and church members attend
Ann Arbor Planning Commission meetings to give presentations before the
Commission to seek site plan approval.
November 16, 2004 – The Ann Arbor Planning Commission votes down Site
Plan that would have allowed for a 9,490-square foot, two-story addition to the existing building with 550-person auditorium with nine parking spaces.
December 27, 2004 – NLC files lawsuit in federal court against City of Ann Arbor under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
February-April 2005 – NLC leadership meets with the City of Ann Arbor to negotiate a settlement.
April 23, 2005 – The lawsuit settlement is signed.
November 3, 2005 – NLC holds ground breaking service at the building site.
November 20, 2005 – Construction begins.
December 2005 – NLC received $815,817.54 toward the A2 Project in 2005,
bringing us closer to the goal of $2.3 million needed for the project.
February 2006 – NLC is approved for a construction loan, allowing the building effort to continue as planned.