By BRENDAN KIRBY
The Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday unanimously approved a church's request to move to a building on Church Street.
The New Light Metropolitan Community Church, a church that welcomes homosexuals, held its first religious service at the 20 W. Church St. location last Sunday. The church opened in Hagerstown on North Potomac Street last February.
William Wantz, chairman of the zoning board, said the church met the requirements for the special exception that is needed to operate in the commercial zone. He said he was impressed that the church averages about 50 people per week when its membership is 41.
"There seems to be an abundance of parking," Wantz said. "I thought it was remarkable for a church to have an average attendance that exceeds its membership."