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Old TV store may help church spread word

Pentecostal church eyes Kinnickinnic storefront

April 14, 2009

The deserted Teleview TV and Appliance store may be transformed into an evangelical Pentecostal church.

A request for a special-use permit to use the vacant building at 4200 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. for institutional purposes was held over by the Planning Commission on March 26. The area is currently zoned for business use.

If approved, Casa De Oracion Adonai Church would house a chapel, four classrooms, a community room, offices and a kitchen once renovations are made to the building, said Mitch Ptacek of BMR Design Group.

The façade of the 13,543-square-foot building would also be remodeled, Ptacek said.

Donald Brickner, 2nd District alderman/planning commissioner, said commissioners wanted to ensure that there were no parking issues with the proposal before plans were recommended to the Common Council.

No one on the commission was against the plan to convert the building into a church, he said.

But a number of details need to be worked out.

Brickner said some of the church's parking stalls are located in the city's right of way along Kinnickinnic. City officials may vacate property in that area to resolve the issue, he said.

"The city is in the process of deciding which right of ways we are going to give up," Brickner said.

The special-use permit request will be brought back to the commission for possible action.

Since the building would house a church rather than a business, there is some concern because the property would be taken off the city's tax rolls.

Church officials have agreed to pay a fee to operate as a church in lieu of paying property taxes, Brickner said. The amount has yet to be negotiated.

Mayor Al Richards said the proposed church is "probably going to move forward."

Casa De Oracion Adonai Church currently operates from a 14th Street location in Milwaukee.

Chantel Balzell can be reached at (262) 446-6602.

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