Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Clarkston to consider Baptist expansion plans

A public hearing has been scheduled at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, by the City of Clarkston on a proposal by the Southern Baptist Convention to build athletic fields and facilities at 961 Rowland St. and 3673 Hill St.

The application by the denomination's North American Mission Board asks for a conditional use permit in support of the church's mission and church-related activities.

A DeKalb Superior Court judge ruled last month that the North American Mission Board had the right to request demolition of two historic homes. NAMB President Kevin Ezell said the homes were "generic houses that are vacant and uninhabitable."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Judge Tangela Barrie ordered Clarkston to process demolition permits for the two houses. She also said a moratorium on demolitions that the city passed in April 2019 was unconstitutional.

The NAMB is building a $10.7 million complex in Clarkston that will stretch along four blocks and include missionary housing, education space for volunteer training, a gym, a neighborhood playground, and parking.

The Feb. 4 public hearing at Clarkston City Hall will also accept public comments on a conditional use permit request for a meeting space at 4008 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. and a request for a conditional use permit for 1352 Brockett Rd.