The Better Place Price Tag

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver….Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11


The Better Place has been in existence and doing ministry since 2003, but like a “hermit crab” that borrows the shells of other fish because it has no shell of its own, TBP has been borrowing and renting facilities for all it does. This is not the vision given by God. – To fulfill the God-given vision for TBP we must have our own property and also we must have several paid staff persons to operate the ministry. Up to now we have barely been “scratching the surface” compared to what we are called to do and what we will do when we have our own campus with buildings and amenities plus staff and full endowments so we can offer the ministry at an affordable rate. – Below is the full price list for this or what our Prospectus calls the “Establishment Budget” to cover the full cost of endowing the Better Place Ministries and building what we are calling “The Center for Spiritual Equipping.”

The Better Place Price List

1. Estimates of cost are based on input from local contractors, catalogs and the Internet. Actual cost may vary.

2. To give a monetary gift toward any part of the following Price List, please read the Make a Contribution page.

Infra Structure and Grounds (approximately $3,053,000)

  • Land purchase (West Oak Hill Road)
  • Plot ##1 $300,000
  • Plot ##2 200,000
  • Total land price: $ 500,000
  • Jamestown water and sewer (a new line to the property) 600,000
  • On-site water and sewer lines 100,000
  • Buried electric, phone and cable lines 100,000
  • Generator (installed) 20,000
  • Roads 1,000,000
  • Parking (for 500 vehicles) 300,000
  • Arborvitae tree perimeter 5,000
  • Spruce tree perimeter 3,000
  • Survey (to clearly mark perimeter before planting trees) 2,000
  • Flowering trees and shrubs along roadways and prayer path 10,000
  • Pond 10,000
  • Other landscaping 10,000
  • Prayer path (brick on cement) 200,000
  • Fitness trail 100,000
  • Prayer labyrinth 20,000
  • Signage 10,000
  • Child's playground equipment 25,000
  • Statue clusters ($4,000 per statue -- planning for 12) 48,000

Buildings ($70,260,000)

  • Lodge (includes parking garage under full building)* 47,500,000
  • Prayer and Worship Center (includes parking garage)* 19,500,000
  • Twelve sabbatical houses ($200K each) 2,400,000
  • Three staff houses ($250K each) 750,000
  • Maintenance building 100,000
  • Utilities convergence / generator building 10,000
  • *Per square foot cost of custom construction is now running as high as $325.00

Start-Up Endowments ($12,400,000)

  • Director Endowment 2,000,000
  • Business Manager Endowment 2,000,000
  • Host Family Endowment 1,500,000
  • Supt. Of Buildings and Grounds Endowment 1,700,000
  • Executive Chef Endowment 1,700,000
  • Building Maintenance Endowment 1,000,000
  • Grounds Care Endowment 1,000,000
  • Community Welfare Endowment 1,000,000
  • Emerging Needs Endowment 500,000

Furnishings, Equipment and Accessories ($922,500)

...For Lodge ($591,700)

  • Kitchen/dining place settings, utensils, pots & pans 24,000
  • Ovens, refrigerators, dishwasher, mixers, toaster, coffee makers... 40,000
  • Dining tables and chairs 30,000
  • Laundry (institutional washers and dryers) 6,000
  • Furnishings, decorations and accessories for 120 guest rooms 372,000
  • Linens, blankets, pillows, bed spreads, mattress covers... 44,000
  • Towels 18,700
  • Library/lounge furnishings, shelves and accessories 20,000
  • Childcare furnishings 3,000
  • Store shelves, counters, equipment 7,000
  • Furnishings and equipment for three meeting rooms 8,000
  • Furnishings, equipment and accessories for four offices 7,000
  • Miscellaneous maintenance equipment 2,000

...For Prayer and Worship Center ($147,000)

  • Chapel furnishings, AV equipment and accessories 33,000
  • Multi-purpose Arena chairs, tables and AV equipment 93,000
  • Childcare furnishings and accessories 4,000
  • Fitness room equipment 10,000
  • Prayer closets: kneeler, altars and chair x 72 7,000

...For Grounds ($35,000)

  • Tractor, snow plow attachment and wagon 25,000
  • Lawn mowers, snow blower 5,000
  • Miscellaneous yard work equipment 5,000

...Sabbatical houses furnishings & appliances ($148,800)

UNFORESEEN: 5% of all the above: ($4,300,000)

Infra Structure and Grounds (approximately $3,053,000)  and Buildings ($70,260,000)

Adjunct start-up staff (Organizing Dir.) for 3 years: ($210,000)

Five start-up staff for first year ($335,000)

  • Salary and benefits for five salaried staff 300,000
  • Insurance for first year 15,000
  • Office equipment, office expenses and legal fees 20,000

A tithe of all the above {see Bylaws}($9,148,000) 9,148,000 TOTAL NEEDED TO START THE BETTER PLACE $100,628,500

Our Board of Directors has established phases to our raising of the above needed money. In all there are six large phases. Here is where we now stand:
Phase One was completed in 2004 for a total cost of $6,380 which paid for, Incorporation, Achieving 501 ( c ) (3) status, Registering with the NYS Charities Bureau, Purchasing a minimum of office equipment, Completing the formation of the Board of Directors and
Establishing a web site
Phase Two is what we are working on now. The estimated cost including tithe is $721,000 for Purchase and insurance of property,
Site development plans including complete survey and soil boring,
Beginning to pay full-time salary and benefits to organizing Director,  Hiring an Administrative Assistant, Legal fees, and 5% for the always unforeseen. – Once funds for this phase have been raised we go on to:
Phase Three – Estimated cost including tithe $1,525,000 for
Buildings designed by architect, put in roadbeds, put in the pond, bring city water & sewer to the property, 5% unforeseen.




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