By Lynne Beauchamp, firstname.lastname@example.org
After months of working with the Webster Township Planning Commission, Dexter United Methodist Church (DUMC) can now move forward with its plans to expand its current facility.
After the planning commission approved a recommendation to the Webster Township Board for a special use permit on the proposed expansion, Webster Township Board members approved the request, with revisions, on November 21. After a lengthy discussion, the board approved the special use permit with a 4-2 vote (John Kingsley and Richard Kleinschmidt casting nay votes while Gary Koch recused himself from the vote stating he was member of DUMC).
According to John Westman, Webster Township Planning Commissioner and Township Board Trustee, the conditions voted upon by the board include issues of parking spaces verses worship capacity seats subject to review, shuttle service for off site parking to cease, a parking policy to deal with illegal parking has been adopted, lighting compliance, landscape issues and no alcohol to be served on the property.
Senior Pastor of DUMC, Matt Hook, said the special use permit will enable the church to provide more opportunities for the people in the community to have a place to go, meet friends and find care and support when needed. Hook said the expansion will include a larger atrium space, a larger lower level for family and children space and a larger fellowship hall that will include a full kitchen for community dinners and church fellowship along with many other activities.
He said the church will be adding improved signage and other small improvements along the way.
“We are open to new possibilities that can help the people in our communities build their lives, relationships and healthy interactions that reflect God’s best for our lives,” concluded Hook.