Board of Appeals approves expansion of church

December 06, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Board of Appeals approved a proposal this week by the Savage United Methodist Church to expand its sanctuary and administrative offices along the historic mill town's main street.

The board also granted a special exception for a private preschool that had been operating in the basement of the Savage church without county approval. The preschool was run by the church until 1985 and did not need a permit, but it became a private operation that year and should have had approval by the board, according to David A. Carney, an attorney representing the church.

In another matter, the board tabled a vote on a proposed "continuing-care facility" at U.S. 29 and Johns Hopkins Road in Fulton.

Expansion of the Savage United Methodist Church -- which has been a part of the town since the early 1800s -- includes taking over an adjacent 3,100-square-foot single-family home on the northeast corner of Baltimore and Foundry streets that will be used for church offices and meetings, Carney said.

Taking over the home site will add 54 off-street parking spaces for the church, bringing the total to 86, Carney said. In addition, the church plans to add 3,590 square feet of space to its existing building to expand the sanctuary and administrative offices.

The board approved the project on a 5-0 vote.

No one voiced opposition.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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