Church Expansion Protested

A Tri-State church wants to expand, but neighbors say the church is big enough.

About 200 Hyde Park residents gathered inside the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church to protest the church's plans to grow. The church wants to replace two nearby homes with a parking lot and add-on to a monastery the church owns a couple of blocks away from its main building. Residents have safety concerns, and worry that the projects could hurt property values. In spite of the fact that 75% of its members live outside the area, the church wants to stay in Hyde Park, where it's been for a 125 years. Church officials say it will take at least a year to firm up any details of the expansion.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council will likely take an official stand on the project at its next meeting: Tuesday February 8th. For more information, visit the Council's website: .