September 15 2015

Church Seeking Planning Board Approval for Move as it Struggles to Pay Rent for Two Locations

By: Rich Hosford

A church in Burlington is looking to change locations but has a list of issues with the new space. 

 

And it is dealing with this even as it continues to pay rent on the proposed site, which it’s done for nearly a year, before even getting approval to move in. 

 

Representatives from the Global Evangelical Church were before the Planning Board last week with a site plan proposal for 328 Cambridge Street, a partially-vacant location next to La Cascia’s Bakery & Deli. As part of the plan the church is seeking a change of use from “warehouse” to “place of assembly” for a nearly 7,000 square-foot section of the building. 

 

Global Evangelical Church is currently at 113 Terrace Hall Ave. where it has been located since coming to Burlington in 2009. 

The move, however, may not be easy. During the meeting the board read a letter from town building inspector John Clancy that had a list of issues that needed to be addressed. These included demolition work that had already been started without approval, the fire alarm being inactive and inadequate parking for the church’s needs. 

 

Senior Planner Kristen Kassner said the town will work with the church to get everything in order and come back before the board when the issues have been resolved. 

 

A representative from the church asked that the process go as quickly as possible. He said they have been paying $4,500 a month for rent on the Cambridge Street place since last October even as they continue to pay for their current location. He said this has been a big strain on the religious organization. 

 

Members of the board seemed surprised by that and agreed to try and get the approval done as quickly as possible. 

 

The board voted to continue the hearing to its next meeting on September 17. 

 
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