Whittier : Church Relocation OKd as Council Overturns Planners

A local church won its bid to relocate to uptown Whittier when the City Council overturned a Planning Commission decision to block the move.

The Church of God's Canaan Fellowship sought to move to a vacant government building on Greenleaf Avenue from its smaller site south of the business district.

About 100 members of the church attended the Sept. 21 council meeting to present their case. The council then voted 4 to 0 to approve the move. Councilwoman Janet Henke was absent.

The council vote overturned the decision of the Planning Commission, which had voted 3 to 2 against the church proposal in August. The commission concluded that a church would be an incompatible use in the business district, which is known as uptown.

Council members expressed concern about parking near the 7227 Greenleaf Ave. building and about renovations.

Church officials agreed, however, to provide extra parking and stay within neighborhood design specifications.

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