Despite the drizzle on the morning of Oct. 3, the SCTCC Carpentry program broke ground on its 2017-2018 project, a 384-square-foot house on the St. John’s Episcopal Church property in St. Cloud.
The finished house will be connected to city water, sewer, and electrical lines on the church’s property, but will constructed on a raised foundation so it remains movable. The Carpentry program will start with a mock-up in the on-campus lab, then move to get the structure up before winter.
“We’ll concentrate on getting it framed in and water-tight before it gets too cold,” said Dehler. “We’ve got a good crew.”
In August 2016, the church filed a lawsuit against the City of St. Cloud after the zoning board denied a request to amend a conditional use permit to allow a tiny house for people transitioning out of homelessness.
The city approved a permit for the replacement structure, and after the Carpentry program has finished the house, the existing tiny house will be removed.
“This is going to be so educational for these students. They’re going to learn about how to get along with people and each other. And that’s what they don’t tell you about in the books,” said Jill Fox, longtime member of St. John’s.
The Carpentry students, instructor Pat Dehler, Dean Mike Mendez, and President Lori Kloos were all present at the groundbreaking for the house, called “The Starfish Dwelling.” The project will involve the Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing students.
“Not only will this project act as part of the curriculum for our students, but it is a service project that will serve others. We are so grateful to have this opportunity,” Kloos said at the groundbreaking.