Ellicott City/elkridge

January 15, 1993

Assembly of God gets OK to build church facility

The county Board of Appeals has unanimously granted a special exception for the Ellicott City Assembly of God to build its church between U.S. 40 and Route 144.

The congregation wants to build a permanent home on a nine-acre knoll between U.S. 40 and Route 144, near Cemetery Lane. The two-phase plan calls for two buildings totaling 45,140 square feet, and a 290-space parking lot.

The church plans to open within two years, said Kenneth Moreland, a church trustee and pastoral advisor who attended the board's Tuesday night work-session.

At a Jan. 8 board hearing, several neighbors of the site complained that the church would alter the rural character of the area, add to traffic congestion, endanger children playing in a nearby park and disturb them with parking lot and headlight glare.

The county Planning Board had recommended against granting the exception, saying the project was too large and not compatible with the neighborhood.

But appeals board members sought to allay those concerns by prohibiting parking lot lights and keeping parking 60 feet from the property's eastern boundary, where the board required a 3-foot berm topped by an evergreen buffer.

"The conditions that they talked about were not tremendously onerous," Mr. Moreland said.

POLICE

* Elkridge

6200 block of Lawyers Hill Road: Someone struck a metal mailbox between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

7100 block of Brookdale Drive: A black 1988 Ford Mustang without license plates was stolen between Nov. 16 and noon yesterday.

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