MT. VERNON — The Zoning and Planning Commission will meet tonight to discuss several conditional use permits and zoning changes for new projects.Central Christian Church has applied for a conditional use and zoning changes for its properties in preparation for two large building projects, the largest estimated at no more than $3.4 million."We're doing new construction and renovation," said Marsha Mills, children's pastor for Central. "The new construction is 6,000 to 7,000 square foot. We're doing it to expand the children's ministry."According to Nathan McKenna, projects coordinator for the city, the Central Christian Church properties are in more than one zoning area, which requires the zoning change application as well as conditional use permits for church building."This expansion is expected to improve our accessibility to the children's area and put children on the ground level and improve safety and security," Mills said, adding the new building will connect with the existing church and will be located on the northeast corner of the main property at Maple and 10th streets."The gym will be renovated and become a family gathering area," Mills said. "All the children's areas will branch off from there."The church has named its expansion and renovation, "Project 160" to commemorate its 160th anniversary.In addition, part of the zoning will be for a separate project on the corner of 12th and North streets, for a ministry building. A house that was on the property has been demolished, and the new building is expected to house the support groups such as AA and Al Anon, as well as the Christian Counseling Service offices and the church food pantry.Also to be discussed tonight is an application by Randy Bernard to amend property at 8208 N. Triton Lane from general agriculture zoning to R-3, high density residential zoning.According to zoning applications, Bernard is planning to build a three apartment or four apartment complex on the property.The commission will also be asked to consider:A conditional use permit to Kip and Katrina Bauer, 120 S. Ninth St., to allow for a residential unit above the main floor of the business. The area is now zoned for primary business district; andA conditional sign permit for Magnum Steel Works, Inc., 200 Shiloh Dr., for an additional wall-flush sign.The commission will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
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