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Victory Christian Center plans spark hearing



Published: Fri, October 27, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The estimated cost of a new worship center is 7 million to 10 million.

By LINDA M. LINONIS

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

COITSVILLE -- Victory Christian Center, 3899 McCartney Road, plans to construct a 2,200-seat worship center that would connect to its current 900-seat Life Center.

"The estimated cost would be between 7 million and 10 million," said Paul G. Smith, Victory business administrator, of the project that still is in the planning stages. The square footage would be between 65,000 and 75,000, he said, and complement the 40,000-square-foot Life Center. Smith speculated the construction would begin late next year.

A stewardship campaign is under way at Victory to raise funds for the new center, which would face U.S. Route 422.

A potential impact on wetlands on the property prompted the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to schedule a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Campbell City Hall, 351 Tenney Ave.

Potential impact

An EPA news release notes that Victory "is requesting to impact up to 2.17 acres of wetlands and 124 feet of streams with plans to construct an assisted living facility, 2,200-seat worship center, youth and prayer buildings, recreation field, additional parking and roadway entrances from Routes 422 and [state Route] 616."

Mike Settles, spokesman for the Ohio EPA, pointed out the figures reflect the maximum impact.

Smith said the roads are the only element that might affect wetlands.

"We would like to put in a roadway on the west side of the property on [Route] 616 to offer another access for members and police and fire should the need arise," he said. "It's on the drawing board for the future, and we would try to avoid the wetlands."

As for the other construction plans, this is where they stand:

The assisted-living facility "is a dream down the road," Smith said.

The youth and prayer buildings and parking are in use.

The recreation field has not been started.

The new worship center would not affect wetlands, Smith said.

Hearings necessary

Settles said public hearings must be held when construction or change will affect a category-three wetlands. He explained wetlands are categorized as category one, lowest quality wetlands and plentiful in the state; category two, midlevel quality and many in the state; and category three, highest quality and few in the state.

"Victory's preferred proposal would impact just over one-third acre of wetlands and 24 feet of stream for a bridge crossing," Settles said.

Comments on the application will be heard at the meeting or may be submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. The public comment period ends Nov. 17. The soonest a decision would be made is early next year, Settles said.




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