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Commission to consider church’s request to locate in downtown building

Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune
Published 2:17 p.m. MT Sept. 13, 2020

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If the distance requirement for liquor establishments and churches in the core business district is amended in city code, Calvary Chapel of Cascade County could locate in the Penington Place Building on Central Avenue without posing a threat to future downtown development, according to the city. (Photo: Karl Puckett)

The Great Falls City Commission will vote on a permit for Calvary Chapel to set up business in the downtown Penington Place building, 427 Central Ave., a request that’s prompted a move to scrap a rule requiring 600 feet of distance between taverns and churches.

When Calvary Chapel applied for a conditional use permit for locating the worship facility in the building, members of the downtown community voiced concerns that it would stop businesses in the future from seeking new liquor licenses within 600 feet of the church.

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