St. Pius' campus plan wins approval
It was unanimous.
St. Pius X Parish gained approval Tuesday night from the Town Plan and Zoning Commission (TPZ) for a special exception application to construct a roughly 14,000-square-foot expansion of its Brookside Drive campus.
Because St. Pius sits in a residential zone, it needed to apply for the special exception for construction. But because the proposed addition already conforms to the district's zoning regulations, the church didn't need to obtain a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) or apply for simultaneous zoning changes.
The church plans to construct a new wing that will run to the east of the current church. The annex will house a chapel, community space and offices. The project also calls for vast landscaping and parking lot redesigns, with the intention of harmonizing the 13-acre parcel, half of which is largely impervious materials -- pavement -- and the other is mostly grass.
Church officials said they have secured 100 percent of the pledges needed to fund the project and have more than half of it already in cash. The church's building committee will now put the project out to bid in the coming weeks and plans to have construction begin before winter -- possibly by October.