MERRILLVILLE | The Board of Zoning Appeals granted a special exception that would allow a church to open in a commercial building at 1205 W. Lincoln Highway.
One New Man Temple of Hope currently has 23 members.
The proposed space for the church is about 1,300 square feet.
Board members are concerned about safety there if the congregation becomes too large. The church committed that it would seek a larger space if its membership reaches 50.
The special exception also requires Town Council approval.