Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Church Seeks Downtown Home

A city congregation is seeking Zoning Board of Adjustment permission to move into this building at 305-323 East Front Street.

Houses of worship are not a permitted use in the central business district, so a variance is required. The Upper Room Full Gospel Church also needs several other variances granted.

The block-long building currently houses the Senior Center, a pizzeria, offices and a child care center, among other occupants.

The matter is on tonight's agenda at the Zoning Board. The meeting is 7 p.m. in City Hall Library.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would never be allowed in any other town.....
once again, an example of why our downtown is such a hodgepodge.....

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exactly what the city of Plainfield needs, especially in that area.

I'm praying for the Upper Room Full Gospel Church.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another church! Another free ride! Before long there will be only churches and other tax free users of real estate. Sounds like a community that has been abandoned by tax payers. The fault belongs at the feet of Assemblyman Jerry Green and his hand picked politicans. It is disgraceful. Tell me again Councilman Rashid Burney why we need an IT person? Or tell me how long before the mayor and council will want salary increases? I recall the day when public service was an obligation to serve. Today, not in Plainfield. When one looks at the economic profile of the politicans, almost to the person, it appears they all need the $$$ and benefits that come with being beholden to Jerry Green and Senator Raymond Lesnack -Assenblyman Green's puppeteer. Well it has always said that the the opium of the masses is -traditional religion and see no evil puppet like politicans.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what we dont need in the downtown...another store front church! We have more than enough of them already. If they want to get in so badly, let them pay taxes as a condition of approval. Better yet...there is an existing church for sale on Front Street just past the Senior Bldg and another up from Shiloh. Let them move there and leave the retail space for retail.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of all this persiflage maybe the commenter's should attend the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at 7pm, to express their concerns.

The meeting is open to the public.

Jim Spear

3:30 PM  

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