From The Ashes

Zoning Board Approves Variances For New Church

A variance was approved this week for a new paved parking lot that will be located at the new First Church of God. The church was destroyed by fire last December. 
P-J file photo by Eric Tichy

A variance was approved this week for a new paved parking lot that will be located at the new First Church of God. The church was destroyed by fire last December. P-J file photo by Eric Tichy

The Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals has approved an area variance for the new paved parking lot that will be located at the new First Church of God.

On Wednesday, the zoning board heard from the Rev. Mervin Lee of the First Church of God and Andy Johnson, who is the principal engineer for EcoStratiges Engineering and Surveying of Falconer. The area variance for the parking lot is linked to the construction of a new First Church of God after the previous church, located at 291 Falconer St, was destroyed by fire last December.

The variance will allow the church to have a front, side and rear yard setback of 13 and half feet and an automotive use, the parking lot, setback of 5 feet. The city zoning law requires in an R-2 (two-family residential) zoned district that the side and rear yard setbacks for a church be 30 feet and the front yard setback be 25 feet. The minimum setback for an automotive use area is 10 feet.

Johnson said the reconstruction will be in a similar footprint as the previous church. He also said the main parking lot will have approximately 16 spaces and the auxiliary parking lot across the street will have an additional 12. No one spoke for or against the variance and there was no written correspondence.

No cause for the Dec. 26 fire of the previous church has been determined.

In other business, the zoning board approved an area variance for Lutheran Social Services for the construction of a new parking lot. The area variance will allow Lutheran to construct the parking lot with a setback of 3 feet. In the city zoning code, a setback for automotive use in a R-C (multiple-family residential and professional office) zoned district is 10 feet. No one spoke for or against the variance and there was no written correspondence.

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