Background.Since 1964, Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church has served as the heart and home for much of the Armenian community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We share countless memories including holy days, Sunday school, community events, christenings, bazaars, and much more. However, we have outgrown our current space; our existing buildings are rapidly aging and difficult to access; and our parking is limited.
For these reasons, the Board of Trustees, with the support of our community, made the decision to purchase the property at 9490 River Road in Potomac, Maryland, to build our future home. In addition to an 86 to 2 vote by our membership in favor of this project, the Prelacy Executive Council also voted unanimously in support of this critical endeavor.
Smart Investment. The site consists of 5+ acres of well-appointed land with easy access to River Road, I-270 and I-495. This centrally located property will be convenient to our parishioners across Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia. The location just outside the nation’s capital will attract Armenians for educational, religious and social gatherings for a long time to come, and it will serve the role of a national institution to showcase the Armenian Church and culture to politicians, decision-makers and influential non-Armenians.
Strong Team. The Board of Trustees has appointed a special committee to lead the Potomac Project whose volunteer members have experience in real estate, contracting and commercial construction. The committee is assisted by hired professionals, including a site engineering firm, an owner’s representative, an architectural practice and a portfolio of vendors for particular needs (e.g., surveys, natural resources specialists, etc.).
Solid Plan. The Potomac Project is a multi-year endeavor organized into stages and milestones. Our goal is to ensure we align with Montgomery County and Maryland requirements efficiently, make steady progress on our plans and deliver the best possible value for our community.
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