Norway Planning Board approves amended Jehovah's Witness building design


The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve an amended design of a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Greenwood Road. Chairman Dennis Gray said the amended design fit the aesthetics of Greenwood Road better than the first two designs. (Matthew Daigle/Sun Journal)

NORWAY — The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a site-plan application for a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Greenwood Road.

The board also voted to allow Code Enforcement Officer Scott Tabb to issue a building permit for the organization, if it meets all of the town’s standards.

During the board’s Dec. 14 meeting, Chairman Dennis Gray told representatives from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses that the board would draft a list of changes that residents seek for the building’s exterior to make it compatible with the town’s rural villages.

Joseph Greenler of Kingdom Hall said that the entrance driveway was relocated to the northern boundary of the property, placing it 600 feet away from the entrance to Waterford Road and 525 feet from the site.


He added that the designers have addressed an issue that generated significant concern among local residents at the Dec. 14 meeting: The style of the building.

Many residents said the building’s earlier design looked “too commercial” for Greenwood Road.

Greenler told the board Thursday that designers proposed a mansard roof for the building, which “changes the look tremendously.”

The Planning Board disagreed, however, saying the building still did not fit with the look of neighboring houses.

Gray distributed pictures of other Kingdom Hall structures that were closer to what the board is seeking.

Greenler explained to Gray that the buildings in the photographs were “stick built,” and “we’re trying to stay away from wood as much as possible.”

Planning Board member Mary Lou St. John asked Greenler why Kingdom Hall did not demolish the old church on Harrison Road and rebuild on the same site, rather than building at Greenwood Road.

“The topography is really difficult over there for what we want to do,” Greenler said

Near the end of the meeting, Greenler told the Planning Board that he was “not quite getting what the concern is.”

“The public feels that the building was not compatible to other buildings in the neighborhood,” Gray said.

“The major concern is that, ultimately, this would have an impact on the resale value of their property. As we also indicated, the road is an entryway to two of our three outlying historic districts. I’m not entirely sure that the building’s design lends itself to being a gateway to our historic districts.”

Greenler presented the Planning Board with an alternate design that added wood trim around the windows.

“That’s getting a little closer,” Planning Board member Tony Morra said.

Greenler then handed out another alternate design that used more wood than the previous design.

He told the Planning Board it was the design they were least interested in building, since they wanted to stay away from using wood.

The Planning Board said that the third design would “blend in better” with homes in the area.

  • UnworldlyTruth

    Rape cover-ups by Jehovah’s Witnesses as exposed on NBC Dateline:

  • VinnyT

    Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) predicted the end of the world, IN WRITING, numerous times. Not once did they come true. They truly are known for their ‘False Predictions’ the world over.

    JWs are taught that they alone are TRUE Christians and that all other people not JW will soon be destroyed. This is no exaggeration.

    JWs will allow their own children TO DIE rather than accept a life saving blood transfusion even in severe medical emergencies. It has already happened THOUSANDS of times!

    Just like this mother died unnecessarily!

    Two recently in Canada!

    Or this teenager that also DIED:

    This pregnant JW and her baby died.

    JW’s NEEDLESSLY die for this sorry blood policy today.

    From the same organization that has an entire 100 + year history of similar bad and embarrasing policies.

    As a 15 year active JW (and an elder) here is my own story:

    JWs used to forbid Vaccinations and Organ Transplants (calling a life saving transplant “Cannibalism”) for a combined 33 years.

    This JW elder refused a kidney transplant and DIED only to have JWs say transplants are now OK 2 years later.

    JWs enforce extreme shunning for any JW that decides to leave their religion or who commits a sin without showing enough repentance in front of the elders.

    I have literally seen parents cut off all ties with their children solely because the kid did not want to remain a JW but went in another direction.

    Even the ex-JWs who leave the religion on their own, who are 100 percent truthful, sincere, love God, pay taxes, help others and more are still SHUNNED by all current JWs and marked as godless, proud, sinning apostates. The Awake magazine recently called them “mentally diseased”.

    And MANY contemplate suicide because the penalties of losing everything are simply TOO MUCH TO TAKE.

    But an honest question is: Why do so many JWs leave after being one time followers?

    As I eventually found out, the JW religion did say, IN WRITING, that the end would come in 1914 and then again in 1925. Was Jehovah directing all that? 1914 and 1925 came and went! They were proven false predictions. Period.

    They also said the end very likely would happen in 1975 and even commended (in the watchtower) witnesses for selling their houses and pioneering because of it.

    But 1975 came and went!

    They also said (for many decades) that the end would come before the generation born in 1914 passed away. In fact up until 1995 it was written inside each Awake magazine cover. Only they then had to change that meaning as well (including the Awake masthead) because that generation CAME AND WENT TOO.

    I was an active JW (and elder) for 15 years before leaving because of the blood and fractions policy 10 yrs ago. Today I’m shunned by all JWs simply because I left the religion.

    Most JWs simply accept everything the Watchtower teaches and says as “food from God”. Just like I did.

    Most believe God has chosen the Watchtower Society as his “channel”, which provides food from God Himself to their religion and ONLY their religion.

    But an honest look at the facts of the JW religion shows God has not chosen the WT for anything!

    Take a LOOK:


    Pages and pages of mistakes, embarrassments, false predictions, medical disasters, weird science, doctrinal failures and more for over 100 years now!

    Obviously ‘GOD’ would not get things wrong like this. Obviously ‘GOD’ did not provide bad food like that for their entire history.

    But most JWs have no idea about these things. They’re told to stay away from anything critical of their religion.

    For example: Was God’s spirit with JWs when they said Organ Transplants were a “conscience matter” in 1961?


    Was God”s spirit with WT when they THEN SAID Organ Transplants are same as “Cannibalism” in 1967 and forbid them?

    OR, was God’s spirit with the WT when they THEN SAID Organ Transplants are NOT the same as cannibalism in 1980 and now allow them?

    Was God behind all those changes each time? Did ((GOD)) get all those things wrong each time? How many JWs like that elder above DIED by refusing kidney transplants, only later on to be told they’re OK to have now?

    Which is why some end up taking their lives due to losing their family or feel compelled to speak out about it, like me right here and now.

    And now because I walked away JWs are demanded to shun you for life (including your very own family).

    Examine this religion and ask as many questions as you can!


  • Victor Orazi

    Yes, rapes and cover up are every day s news about Jehovah s Witnesses. No shame on part of The Governing Body protecting the pedophiles and punishing the victims for going to the police and disfellowship and shunned by its members.