Columbus City Council votes to close Leonard Street for church expansion

(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)
(Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus City Council has voted to close a portion of Leonard Street in Midtown Columbus for a church expansion project.

The road closure was approved during Tuesday evening's Columbus City Council meeting.

St. Paul United Methodist Church is looking to close down a portion of Leonard Street to build a new youth building.

The proposed project will mean abandoning a portion of Leonard Street and tearing down a home that the church owns.

In past interviews, a church member tells us the church's plan involves incorporating the parking lot, where they have an old, unused building, and build an outdoor space, where children can play and the congregation can host events.

Members of the project committee told News Leader 9 they're looking to raise $8.5 million in funds to both expand the campus and fix parts of the main building.

Director of Columbus City Engineering, Donna Newman, said the church representatives will have to submit their final project plans and receive a permit before the road closes permanently.

Newman said after the permits are issued, the date in which the road will officially close is tentative to the church representative's decision.

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