FLINT TWP. — The Planning Commission approved site plans last week for an extension to North Baptist Church, 4004 Lennon Road.
The church is planning an addition to the west end of the church to accommodate six classrooms and added gym space to the existing gym, said David McLane, architect with DMA Architects of Brighton.
It is the first phase of future expansion plans that will include adding more classrooms and connecting to Ketzler Drive to add a second access road to the site. The church sits far back from Lennon road accessible by a long driveway,
Plans also call for relocating the existing kitchen and a pantry and adding storage space for the gym.
McLane said plans also would include bringing into compliance a water retention area on the north side of the property. The 102 existing parking spaces are sufficient for expansion plans.
Commissioners raises some concerns about the use of metal siding instead of brick on the west side of the building which does not match the existing brick facade on the other three sides. McLane said the change is to accommodate future building plans when more classrooms will be added and to avoid having to tear out expensive brick siding at that time. The metal siding will be painted to match the existing exterior, McLane said.
Commissioners also asked questions about buffers to the neighborhood on the west side of the building and use of parking barriers. Wetlands lie to the north of the property and dense landscaping on the west side adjacent to homes on Ketzler Drive.