MUNSTER | The Christian Reformed Church at 214 Ridge Road can move ahead with plans to relocate, add and demolish structures now that the Town Council has approved rezoning the land into a single commercial planned unit development.
Council members took the action last week following a favorable 5-0 vote from the Munster Plan Commission. The plat received final subdivision approval from the commission on March 12.
The church has been part of a five-lot subdivision for decades. During a public hearing before the Munster Plan Commission last September, general contractor Richard Kortenhoven and Torrenga Engineering principal Gary Torrenga outlined the changes proposed by church officials.
Among those changes now possible is the relocating the church’s parsonage to the southeast corner of the lot. The demolition of two existing structures on the original parsonage site will make space for a future recreation center. This community building would have a 600-person capacity.
Town Engineer Jim Mandon urged the church to also add a detention area, which is now part of the plan.
An ingress/egress onto Ridge Road will be moved slightly eastward and narrow from 40 feet to 36 feet.
No work being proposed will affect the cemetery south of the main church building.
During the public hearing, there were no remonstrances from neighbors against the plans and the zoning change.