Church buys land for building purposes

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By Vicky Gits

Bergen Park Church has filed a request with the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department asking for a rezoning of the property it now owns at Highways 65 and 74, west of the church.

The church has applied to rezone the property to include use as a church, something that was removed in a previous zoning action.

Bergen Park Church has been trying to acquire the land for years and finally purchased it in November for about $500,000, said Pastor Jim Demolar. "This was the third time, and the timing was right," he said.

As part of the zoning review, there will be a community meeting to discuss a possible amendment to the existing zoning of 1276 County Road 65 at the church on Tuesday, Jan. 11. A representative of the Planning and Zoning Department will be present.

Demolar said the 2.63-acre property was originally supposed to house an assisted-living center connected to Rocky Mountain Baptist Village.

The church had been thinking about expanding the existing church building for more than 10 years.

"Most likely we would be thinking our church facility would be over there," Demolar said, but a final decision has not been made.

Bergen Park Church is part of the Evangelical Free Churches of America.

"All this is asking for is a change in zoning. We hope to build a facility there," he said.


Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or Vicky@evergreenco.com.