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Addition for church will go forward

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 13, 2019

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The first phase of a church addition for Great Lakes Church, on 3 acres east off Coolidge Highway, north of Wattles Road, is on track to start soon after the Planning Commission approved the special use and site plan for the new 4,664-square-foot lobby.

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 to approve the requests at its July 23 meeting. 

Planning Commissioner David Lambert was absent, and Planning Commissioner John Tagle recused himself because his architectural firm, John Tagle Associates Inc., is the contractor for the project. 

Special uses are needed for places of worship in the residentially zoned area. 

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said that all standards had been met and the project, which will be completed in three phases, will have minimal impact on adjacent properties.

He added that the plans comply with the 50-foot setback required for places of worship. 

The existing church is 6,088 square feet. When all three phases of the expansion are complete, the total square footage of the church will be 22,241. 

“The church is growing,” said Pastor Shane Ogle. He told the Planning Commission that the second phase of the expansion will likely not start for three to five years, perhaps not for seven years. 

Michele Sargeant, of John Tagle Associates, told the Planning Commission that they will preserve as many trees as possible on the site and will create bioswales. There are currently 25 mature trees on the site ranging in condition from poor to good. 

No one spoke during the public hearing. 

The church will have up to three years to complete construction from the date of approval of the final site plan and may also apply for a one-year extension. 

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054.