Plans for two possible church buildings came to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday, with one getting approval and one going on hold.

West Corinth Baptist Church’s plan for a multipurpose building in the School Street area is running into opposition from a neighbor. The church wants to build a 60 by 100 foot multipurpose center to serve the community, and it needs a front yard setback variance from 25 feet to 5 feet.

Neighbor Danny Morton, who has lived in the area for 20 years, is concerned about his property value and the view from his property.

“All I’m going to see is a 100-foot building,” he said. “My house won’t be worth anything.”

Alderman Chip Wood said Morton has a point, and he requested a rendering of the proposed building be made available to the neighbor. The board was also hesitant to vote on the issue with Chris Wilson, the alderman for that ward, being absent. The item was tabled until the next meeting on July 20.

The city’s board of adjustment recommended approval of the variance.

If the dimensions are reduced to 60 feet by 80 feet, the church will not need a variance.

In another request from the Michael Stewart Estate, the board gave approval to a variance that would allow future construction of a church or related church-purpose buildings on property at the southwest corner of Fulton Drive and West Shiloh Road in a C-2 zone.

Judy Glenn, representing the estate, said this is not for immediate plans but for possible future construction by the prospective purchaser, West Corinth Tabernacle. The church is currently a neighbor to the land, which has been farmed for many years.

Two other requests came to the board:

Aldermen scheduled a public hearing for the Aug. 3 meeting on the request to subdivide the planned Chick-fil-A property at South Parkway and Highway 72 into three lots.

The board rejected a request from Bobby Scott for a variance to allow a 100-foot flagpole in an R-1 residential zone at 498 Bradley Road. The maximum allowed in that zone is 35 feet. The board of adjustment also rejected the request.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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