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Church seeks rezoning to open thrift store
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A rezoning request by the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 517 N. Spring Street has met with some resistance from McMinnville Planning Commission members.Church representatives asked the property to be rezoned from R2, medium-density residential, to R5, a mixed use of residential and commercial.Pastor Haley Roth says the zoning change would allow the church to operate a thrift store.“As we understand it, we have to rezone in order to have a thrift shop,” Roth said. “A thrift shop would generate some revenue so we can help some families who are in need, as well as allow us to stock up some clothing just in case someone comes in who needs clothing. We could even have some furnishings available.”Roth says the church’s location is an “ideal thoroughfare for connecting with the community” and “there are other businesses in close proximity.”Church representative Josephine Abbot says the church is for sale.“It’s not for sure that we will do this because the church could, possibly, be up for sale.