Church gets new space after neighbors voice concerns over disruption

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“In the six years we have been in operation, there have been no accidents, no one has been injured,” Moeller said. “We need the parish. We need them as a customer. We need income … There is no negative impact.

Rezoning for conditional use requires the church to have a police officer on leave to direct traffic for Sunday morning services, Deputy City Administrator James Drinkard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Kalen Center has 43 parking spaces distributed between the front and the back of the building. The 26-seat lot at the back accesses Brindle Lane, a private road that the townhouse community must use to exit their property.

“The rear lot has no way for vehicles to turn around,” Jacobs said. “If the parking lot is full, vehicles will have to back up blindly onto Brindle Lane.”

Pastor Jordan Warner said the rented space at the Kalen Center would be used by up to 80 members attending Sunday morning services. The former congregation house at 11940 Alpharetta Highway is being redeveloped, city officials say.

“After a 15-month search, the Kalen Center is the only space we found that was both available and financially and practically viable,” Warner said at the meeting.

The church is part of the Anglican Church of North America. Nearly 20 parish members expressed their support for the church during the public comments.

But Ashish Balyan, who operates the nearby Chevron gas station owned by her parents, wondered if moving a church could prevent a future company on the Chevron site from obtaining a license to sell alcohol.

“I am not against any religious organization,” Balyan said. “… My parents are 70 years old and they would like to sell. City officials plan to meet with Balyan to address his concerns, Drinkard told AJC.


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