The City Council voted 6-0 to let First Christian Church go on with its $17-million rebuilding of its Main Street campus. The vote upholds an earlier planning commission vote that imposed more than 20 conditions on the project. Councilwoman Jill Hardy, a member of the church, abstained.
The church will be allowed to continue with its ambitious modernization plans, which include tearing down four buildings and building three new ones. Councilwoman Debbie Cook, who appealed the project after the city planning commission approved it last month, said she was satisfied by city staff’s response to neighbors who still had problems with the project.
The appeal arose from “an abundance of caution and really thinking that $2,000 for neighbors to appeal something is a bit outrageous,” Cook said, referring to the fee residents would have to pay to appeal it themselves.