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Church proposes $1-million project

By TIM GRANT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 28, 2002


Members of a small church on Moran Road are short on cash but long on faith.

Tampa Bay Community Church has applied for a special use permit to build a $1-million complex at 3318 Moran Road that would include a modern sanctuary, a gymnasium and a two-story school.

Right now, the nondenominational church with about 150 members has about $40,000 in the bank.

"We've got a long way to go, and it will be a stretch," said Kenneth Klassen, the church pastor. "But when God orders something, he pays for it."

A land use hearing master will hear the case on May 31. The church is represented by David Fuxan of Heidt & Associates. Fuxan also has a child enrolled at the school.

The new school will increase enrollment from 24 to 70 children. It will continue to serve grades 1-8.

The proposed 12,000-square-foot church will be a far cry from the modular buildings that members have occupied for the past 12 years. But it may take at least another 12 years to raise the $1-million, unless there is a miracle.

"The church is looking to improve over time," Fuxan said. "As their needs grow, they want to be able to meet those needs." (Petition 02-0778)

LUTZ: County planners are recommending that 40 acres of agricultural land east of Livingston Road and north of Sinclair Hills Road be rezoned for a planned development of 116 single-family homes.

Earlier this year, a land use hearing officer would not endorse the project, because the overall density and housing types were not consistent with the character of the surrounding properties.

Since then, the applicant has increased the lot sizes and reduced the number of homes, and the hearing officer will now recommend the project be approved.

A zoning hearing master will hear the case on Monday, and County Commissioners will make a final decision on June 11. (Petition 02-0063)

LUTZ: County zoning officials are recommending a petition to rezone 8 acres of land on the west side of Florida Avenue northwest of Sinclair Hills Road.

Currently it is zoned for agricultural, single-family houses and residential duplexes. DeBartolo Property Group is asking that it be rezoned for business and professional offices.

A staff report concludes that the rezoning is consistent and compatible with the emerging patterns of development in the area and with the Comprehensive Plan.

A zoning hearing master will hear the petition on Monday. Commissioners will vote on the issue June 11. (Petition 02-0427)

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