Church Can Use Former Restaurant For Offices, Zoning Board Rules

Church Can Use Former Restaurant For Offices, Zoning Board Rules

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The Christian Fellowship Center has gained some traction in using the former Club restaurant it purchased in January.

The Canton zoning board of appeals said Monday night that while the church can't use the building to hold services, it can use the former restaurant as a professional office. 

The next step for the church is to submit a new application to code enforcement.

"We have a four-to-one vote allowing a professional office at 25 Court Street," zoning board chair Conrad Stuntz said in announcing the decision.

"I'm thankful for the board and their service for the decision and we're eager to move in and start using the building," Christian Fellowship pastor Jamie Sinclair said.

He says having the space for offices means "a lot in the life of a healthy church -- meeting with people, and planning, doing pastoral counseling, Bible studies, budget reviews -- all sorts of things like that."

Christian Fellowship Center is continuing with its lawsuit against the village for the right to use the building in Canton for worship services. 

The church claims it's being treated unequally. 

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