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Borough Council backs plans for church's move

September 06, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Prayer Time Ministries had big plans for the old, brick warehouse when it moved in recently and started to see those plans realized when the lights were first turned on.

Then, leaders learned that church services are not allowed in the industrial zone where they planned to make their new home, according to borough ordinance.

On Tuesday, they went before the Greencastle Borough Council, which unanimously threw its support behind a proposal to rezone the South Carlisle Street building to medium-density residential.

"We just want it zoned to R2 to help us to continue. The building would be beautified," church representative Ruth Tyler said.

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The rezoning must go before the planning commission and through a public hearing in a process that will take a minimum of two months.

Some council members said the church could actually be a boon to an area historically industrial in nature.

"I don't see why we should stand in the way of it," Councilman Gerald Pool said. "A forward-looking company is not going to put an industry in the Borough of Greencastle unless they have access to a minimum two to five acres."

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