Previously homeless church gets its own meeting place |

Previously homeless church gets its own meeting place

John ColsonPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO

SILT, Colorado – Parishioners of a previously homeless church now have a steady place to congregate, following final approval by the town’s trustees to allow the Grace Bible Fellowship Church to hold services in a building at 106 N. Eighth St.In an unrelated action, the town trustees have agreed to retain a “half-price sale” on the fees associated with building permits, as a way of easing the economic burden for small projects by property owners.Prior to the church’s approval to use the existing duplex on Eighth Street, according to Town Administrator Pamela Woods, the congregation had been meeting in the homes of church members.The church has no plans to alter the duplex building in question, which is owned by the D&S Investments firm, according to documents submitted to the town.That will mean the building will not take on the appearance of a church, at least on the outside. And the other side of the duplex remains in the ownership of a family that runs a plumbing business.The trustees’ approval was in the form of a special use permit that is to be in force for up to two years, unless it is revoked by the Board of Trustees for any of a number of reasons.According to the documents submitted for review, the roughly 2,400-square-foot building was constructed in 2002, on a lot of 2,625 square feet, and has been in a combination of residential and commercial use by several different owners since then.The church is expected to have up to 60 parishioners, operating initially on Sundays but perhaps expanding to Wednesday nights as well.In other action, the trustees approved a request from Community Development Director Janet Aluise, to renew a “half-price sale” on building permit fees for developers.”As you know, the Board of Trustees have historically reduced building permit fees as an incentive to property owners to obtain permits and to encourage building,” Aluise wrote in a memo to the board.She noted that the most recent fee reduction expired on Sept. 30, 2012.”Since the town has not experienced an appreciable increase in building permits,” Aluise continued, it seems wise to institute this fee reduction until Sept. 30, 2013, in order to both encourage property owners to get permits for work contemplated, and to help relieve the property owner of the financial burden of such permits.”Woods said the fee-reduction has been renewed every year since 2011.”It has seemed to really help, and encourage property owners and builders to get their permits,” she explained, noting that the measure was mainly aimed at reducing the burden on citizens interested in small home-improvement

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