Church Says It's Close To Settlement With Village Of Canton

Church Says It's Close To Settlement With Village Of Canton

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Christian Fellowship Center wants to be able to use a Canton building as a place of worship permanently.

The church has filed a motion to convert a preliminary injunction to a permanent injunction, which would fully secure the church’s rights to worship at 25 Court Street and prevent any action by the village to complicate the case.

“We are in settlement discussions with representatives of the Village of Canton and are close to reaching a settlement,” said John Mauck, attorney for the church. “We hope it will come about at the May 20 city council meeting. Meanwhile in a motion filed today (Wednesday), we have asked Judge Lawrence E. Kahn to make his preliminary injunction permanent as a further protection for the Church’s right to worship at 25 Court Street."

For weeks, Christian Fellowship Center has been trying to get the green light to open a church in Canton's former The Club restaurant, which it bought for $310,000.  

The church was rejected by Canton's zoning board of appeals, which said the retail commercial area on Court Street is not zoned for churches.

The board later said the church can use the former restaurant as a professional office, but not use it to hold services.

In March, The U.S District Court of the Northern District of New York ruled the church could use the building as a place of worship, effective immediately.

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