Here’s a prayer request. Pastor Tony Osimo’s congregation in eastern Pennsylvania needs a favorable ruling to make a move it desires to make. Here is an excerpt–to read the entire article click here.
The Bux-Mont campus of Penn Valley Church is hoping to trade temporary setup and teardown facilities with a more permanent address.
The church, which currently rents two rooms at the Blair Mill Inn on Blair Mill Road in Horsham, has its sights set on leasing 400 Lincoln Ave., adjacent to Next Level Automotive Service, Inc., in the borough’s heavy industrial district.
“It’s going to be a greater expense,” Pastor Tony Osimo, a Warminster native, said, adding that the cost would be about twice what the church is spending now. “It really is a step of faith.”
But, before that step can move forward, Hatboro’s Zoning Hearing Board, on Jan. 11, must first green light what would be a non-conforming use, officials said. Churches are typically situated in residential zones, not heavy industrial districts like the church’s prospective property, which borders Jacksonville Road, borough attorney Mike Savona said.
And since the lot would only provide 10 spaces, the church would need a variance to ok having the required additional 48 parking spaces on neighboring properties, Hatboro’s zoning/code enforcement officer Keith Fugate told the borough council on Monday during a brief discussion.