Tallmadge -- A church moved one step closer to building an addition that will more than double its size with the approval of a conditional zoning certificate for the expansion Faith Bible Fellowship Church at 126 W. Overdale Drive.

On Feb. 4, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval, and City Council unanimously approved the changes Feb. 11 and could vote on the project as early as Feb. 25.

David Pelligra and Architects Inc. of Cuyahoga Falls presented plans for a 10,000-square-foot addition to Faith Bible Fellowship church to the P&Z Commission Feb. 4. The existing building is 8,000 square feet on two floors, Pelligra said.

Pelligra met with Tallmadge city officials on several occasions while developing the plans.

"It was a good team effort with the city staff on how to best plan the addition," Pelligra said.

Plans for an addition had been created in 2013 by a different architect and approved by the P & Z Commission, but the addition was never built, Pelligra said.

"We ran into design problems," said David Bailey of Faith Bible Fellowship Church. "It was too expensive and the plan was discontinued."

The new design is smaller, better and all the [Planning & Zoning Commission] conditions are met with the new plan, Bailey said.

The church addition would match the old building with the same masonry base, matching siding, similar roof forms and repeating window patterns on the front of both buildings. The church would have four levels, similar to a split level with an elevator. The steeple would be placed on the new addition.

Traffic flow will be one way around the church with drivers entering on the east side and exiting on the west side with a drop-off canopy on the north side of the building. Lighting would be downcast in the parking lot.

Tallmadge Fire Chief Mike Passarelli said the width of the egress and ingress were smaller than required but because traffic was one-way, the narrower width was acceptable. Also, the clearance under the portico for drop-off was high enough for ambulances to clear.

A 1,000-square-foot pavilion in the northeast corner of the property would be limited to dawn to dusk hours and comply with Tallmadge noise ordinances, Bailey said. The maximum size for a pavilion is 900 square feet, but the larger size was needed by the church to meet their needs and approved as a conditional use.

P&Z Commission member Julie Oliver asked for taller screening around the pavilion.

Neighbor David Bierce said the church was a "great design and an asset to the neighborhood."

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