Calvary Community Church Group Told To Return To Historic Commission With More Information On Project

Representatives from an East Millstone church were told Sept. 3 that they’d have to make a return trip to the township’s Historic Preservation Commission with more information about an expansion project they’re planning.

The group, from Calvary Community Church on Franklin Street, needs to give the commission information on the type of facade materials that will be used, and more detailed engineering drawings about the project, among other things.

Commission chairman Andrew Burian told the representatives that the commission would not make a decision without that information.

The group’s next and final hurdle is the Zoning Board of Adjustment; the board will not vote on the application without the commission’s input.

The church group wants to add a second floor for Sunday school classrooms that are now held in the basement, which is prone to flooding, the commission was told.

The group also wants to improve the church’s fellowship hall by expanding the kitchen and adding bathrooms.

Finally, the group wants to add about 20 parking spaces because, the commission was told, the current 17 or so spaces are not enough on Sundays and congregants must find street parking.,

One of the sticking points was the exterior material on the additions that would be used to match the white aluminum siding on the church now.

Burian suggested a wooden material that can be painted, but church administrator Dwayne Muller said the church did not feel it could handle the expense of regular maintenance of that material, and had planned instead on continuing the aluminum siding.

That did not sit well with the commission. Another type or hardy wood was then suggested, one which did not necessarily have to be painted.

Burian told the group that the commission would also like to see a sample of the window that is planned for the expansion.

The church group is scheduled to appear before teh commission at its Oct. 1 meeting, just in time for its scheduled Oct. 3 appearance before the zoning board.

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