A local Lutheran church was given the go-ahead by the McFarland Plan Commission on Feb. 18 for an expansion and site design work. Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 5001 Holscher Road, sought permission for a 4,817-square-foot addition to the west side of its building.

Congregation President Chris Fredrick said the church would use the additional space for a fellowship hall, classrooms, kitchen and restrooms. The current building of 5,044 square feet is primarily worship space.

The driveway would remain off Holscher Road, and there is no plan to expand the parking lot, as it already meets the village’s standards.

The site design plan also has changes to the church’s utilities.

It will abandon the force main with lift station and install a new sanitary lateral that is gravity fed to the Lodgecliffe Lane sanitary main. The onsite stormwater facilities will also be abandoned; the church will hook into the regional stormwater facilities constructed within the Juniper Ridge subdivision.

“I know our congregation … is very excited to move forward, and as soon as the weather breaks, we’d actually like to be able to actually break ground on the project and expand on our church, because we’ve been living with some cramped conditions for a while now, and we’re really excited about the expansion,” Fredrick said.

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