This drawing shows the facade of the future First Christian Church building, planned for the congregation’s property at 87th and Rock Road. Drivers would see this side of the building, facing the northeast corner of the intersection.
Derby’s First Christian Church was granted approval of its site plan review on Thursday and it hopes to break ground on the project in September.
The Derby Planning Commission looked over the site plan for the proposed $3.8 million church building project on the northeast corner of Chet Smith and Rock Road during its meeting. The commissioners granted approval of the site plan, subject to a few minor corrections and a request to see the color renderings of the new church building.
The building will feature siding which will primarily be both cultured stone and exterior insulation finishing system, according to Jeff Sherrard, with Howard and Helmer Architects. The roof will be a combination of asphalt shingles and metal roofing on the high portions of the sanctuary roof, he said.
The tan EIFS and limestone color of the cultured stone are natural hues, he said. In addition, the roof schematic will complement those colors, he said.
Typically, the Planning Commission sees color renderings before approval is given to a project. Sherrard agreed to email colored renderings so the commissioners could see the planned colors.
“We always see colored renderings,” said Keith Volz, commissioner. “We don’t want to end up with something totally incompatible with the rest of the neighborhood.”
Both First Christian and the Walmart Neighborhood Market plan the start of construction this fall. Charlie Brown, city director of community development, said bids for sewer and water lines for both projects will be opened this week.
“We feel those will all be in place in a couple or three months,” he said.
First Christian will be required to agree to provide turning lanes, likely in the future as traffic in the area picks up. In the meantime, traffic from the church will not occur when workday volumes pick up.
“Generally they aren’t going to have a high demand for traffic at the same time we have peak traffic,” Brown said.
Another project which will occur as part of the building process, is work to create a spillway for the current pond on the church property. That work will help provide stormwater detention for the new building.
Approval of the site plan puts First Christian in line for approval of its building permit, when that application is made, Brown said. City staff reviews the site plan for the building permit as part of the site plan review, he said.
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