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New building coming for Jehovah’s Witness congregation

It’ll be located on 11th Street
This is the 11th St. property on which a new Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall will be built. (Laura Blackwell photo)

The Houston Jehovah’s Witness congregation is on its way to receiving rezoning approval allowing it to build a new Kingdom Hall.

The location is 3533 11t St. within the downtown core and the property needs a zoning amendment changing it from its core commercial zone to one allowing the construction of a church.

The property is just over three-quarters of an acre in size and is behind the Pleasant Valley Plaza and across from the Beanstalk Day Care building

Council gave two readings to the amending bylaw Nov. 21, leading toward a scheduled third reading next month and then adoption.

Before third reading, the District must hold a public hearing. And once there is third reading and before adoption, approval must be received from the transportation ministry because the location is within 800 metres of a controlled access highway.

The congregation did receive an earlier development approval for the location but it expired. When approval was sought again, a revised interpretation indicated a rezoning was needed first.

Municipal services such as sewer and water will need to be extended to the location.

The District sought comment on the proposal and received no comments opposing the rezoning.

“Given the character of the area it is not anticipated that allowing development of a church on the subject property would negatively affect the character of the neighbourhood,” a briefing memo to council indicated.

“The church would provide a buffer between commercial uses and the adjacent residential areas.”

The building is designed to accommodate 50 people.