Norway planners schedule hearing on church construction


NORWAY — The Planning Board voted to accept a site plan application from a man seeking to construct a Jehovah’s Witness church on Greenwood Road.

Chairman Dennis Gray said the board accepted the application as complete at their meeting Nov. 9 and scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Town Office.

At the board’s Oct. 27 meeting, Brian Lawrence said he wants to build a one-story church 36 by 78 feet for around 130 people. It would “only be used for worship,” and would feature an auditorium, two small meeting rooms and two bathrooms, he said.

Gray said the lot is an old cornfield. He said one of the concerns he expects people to have a church doesn’t seem to be compatible with the other buildings in the area.

“It definitely looks like a newer, commercial building, like a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant or something,” Gray said.

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