By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — Three churches have plans to expand following approval from the City Council to vacate two streets.
The council voted Monday to approve the request of Second Missionary Baptist Church to vacate Chase Street from 14th Street north to the alley.
Attorney Bill Kreegar said the church owns both sides of the street and none of the surrounding property owners objected to the closing.
“The purpose is to build a new church,” he said.
Pete Heuer, chairman of the Anderson Board of Public Works, said no department head objected to the closing.
“We don’t have any plans to see what will happen,” he said of the proposed new church. “Since that is located on a state route (Ind. 32), the church needs to get approval from the state if they intend to use the right of way.”
Council members approved the vacating of 24th Street between Meridian and Main streets at the request of South Meridian Church of God and First Church of the Nazarene.
Attorney Bryce Owens said both churches own all the property along 24th Street, which dead-ends at Meridian and Main streets.
He said the South Meridian Church of God wants to use the street as part of its parking plan and to provide easier access to the church for mobility-impaired people.
Owens said the church will be financially responsible for maintaining the street, curbs and sidewalks.
Andrew Innes, chairman of the board of elders, said there are no immediate plans to close the street. He said it wouldn’t be until the fall of 2014 until work would be started.
The First Church of the Nazarene intends to expand on the west side of the existing structure.
Heuer said there were no objections to the closing by city departments and the Anderson Fire Department said access would be available on 23rd Street.
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