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Trinity project moves ahead: City ZBA OKs use variance request for church redevelopment

After four months of debate and two public hearings, the city Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night unanimously approved a use variance request by Trinity Episcopal Church that would ultimately allow the church to redevelop its historic property into an inn, events center and restaurant.

The church, which has been struggling in recent years with low membership and a shrinking bank account, would also continue to worship at the South Main Street site in a tony neighborhood where a large number of residents have opposed the project.

The ZBA approved the measure, crafted by City Attorney Emil Bove after hearing presentations from attorneys representing the church and developer, as well as one hired by project opponents.

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  • Jess

    No offense but are the people pushing against the change going to pay to keep the church the way it is? Not to be mean. But bills have to be paid. Also the pastor is happy with this.

  • Jess

    Well I mean I understand people’s push back to not having the church used for what’s they’re proposing but if the church really can’t afford to go on the way it is..I think that what ever they can use it for AND people can still go to their worship service, is a win win in a way. It’s a beautiful building and I’d hate to see it stay in limbo for months and months or even years and just start falling apart or something just because people want to argue or not move forward. I’m not saying don’t stand up for what you believe in. I know it’s hard to accept but.. it’s a beautiful building and people will still get to worship. No offense but are the people pushing against the change going to pay to keep the church the way it is? Not to be mean. But bills have to be paid. Also the pastor is happy with this.