Some West Corinth residents are making their concerns known about a planned church building.

The group submitted a petition to the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and a representative of the group addressed the board Tuesday evening. Their issue is West Corinth Baptist Church’s plans for a multipurpose building for various church and community activities.

“We have no ill toward them at all,” said Terri O’Connell, representing the group. “The problem we have is when they decided to move the gymnasium to where the parsonage is on the corner of Fourth and Confederate. We found that to be a little offensive. We felt like it was going to devalue our homes; it was going to overshadow our homes.”

Rather than a metal building, she said the group wishes the church would build something more in keeping with the architecture of the area or build it in a different location.

The city board had approved a front yard setback variance about four months ago that would allow the church to build a facility on the south side of the sanctuary.

“Due to space limitations of the church and a church staff member vacating the home on the north side of the church, the decision has been made to tear down the house and build it in its place,” he said.

The 100-year-old church needs more room for its events.

“We’re forced to use our parking lot for our kids’ activities and wish to expand to be able to reach more families and continue to make a positive impact in Corinth,” he said.

With no board action to consider, the mayor and aldermen had no comment on the matter.

“If they’re meeting the setbacks and guidelines, we don’t get involved in it,” said City Attorney Arch Bullard. “It sounds like it’s an issue that the church and community members who have issues with whatever is being constructed need to come together and hopefully reach an amicable resolution to it.”

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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