City gives inital approval for church rezoning

City officials have given initial approval to rezone nearly an acre land that will be used, along with other lots, by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church to create a community and recreation center.

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to rezone 0.9 acres of vacant property on the north side of Fourth Street between Chestnut and California streets from residential established  and mixed density overlay to public/semi-public facilities. The church has acquired all of the properties on the block as part of its plans to build a community and recreation center, said Jeff Bergman, city-county planning director.

The council also gave initial approval to an ordinance tied to the vacation of the alleys in the block for the project.

The Columbus Plan Commission will consider a site-development plan for the proposed St. Peter’s community and recreation center during its 6 p.m. March 19 meeting at Columbus City Hall.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or