Decision Delayed on New Complex for Silver Spring Church

The Associated Press
Monday, July 27, 2009; 11:09 AM

The Frederick County Planning Commission has delayed a decision on a proposed church complex for a Silver Spring congregation near the Montgomery County line, citing questions about the project's size and scope.

Church leaders plan to meet next month with groups concerned about their plans. The proposed 138,000-square-foot Global Mission Church would be built just west of I-270. Critics say the complex, which includes a three-story school building and a dining hall, is not in line with efforts to maintain the region's rural nature and agricultural lands.

The church plans to move from Silver Spring. Many of those opposed to the church live in Montgomery County, where County Executive Isiah Leggett met with the Montgomery Countryside Alliance on Thursday. A meeting with Global Mission is scheduled Aug. 6.

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