Blaine council approves CUP for Oak Park Church

Oak Park Community Church’s conditional use permit for a two-story, 4,600 square-foot building addition recently received Blaine City Council approval.

In December 2010, a fire destroyed the church’s original building, the 6,040 square-foot geodesic dome that was used primarily for education purposes after construction of a new church built in 2001, said Bryan Schafer, community development director, who presented the permit request to the council.

The addition at 12050 Aberdeen St. N.E. will house classroom and meeting space, he said.

The church’s Sunday school is located in the existing building, according to Schafer.

“The parking field is adequate for what they are building,” Schafer told the council. “Staff is recommending council approval so they can get going.”

There will be minimal site improvements since the existing parking is adequate, he said.

The project’s approved landscape plan also includes additional trees on site.

“We just had a ceremonial ground breaking event on Sunday, June 24,” said Rev. DelRoy Johnson. “We approved our final plans Wednesday night [June 28].”

According to Johnson, as soon as the church gets its city building permit, construction work on the two-story building addition is scheduled to start in August.

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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