Ridge Community Church Gets Approval to Move Into Walmart

The moves open the door for the Ridge, to use approximately 60,000 square feet of the property for church-related functions with the rest of the building, or 50,000 square feet, to be leased commercial space.

The Ridge Community Church moved one step closer to permanently moving to Greenfield – again.

More than six months after the city in a residential area – – the city once again paved the way for the Ridge to something even more dramatic.

On Tuesday, the Greenfield Common Council voted to amend the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at 4500 S. 108th Street, a nine-parcel piece of land that currently houses , from planned business to planned mixed us and rezoned the property from regional business district to planned unit development.

The moves open the door for the Ridge, which has an accepted offer-to-purchase the entire property, to use approximately 60,000 square feet of the property for church-related functions with the rest of the building, or 50,000 square feet, to be leased commercial space.

“We’re really excited about it because we feel it’s a win-win, not only for us but for the city as well,” said Pastor Mark Weigt, who was joined by 50-60 members of the Ridge’s congregation.”

No residents spoke out against the church at Tuesday’s public hearing, though two sent letters that voiced their displeasure with the proposal. Both raised concerns about what the rezoning would do to the city’s tax base. Churches are tax-exempt, but Weigt tried to ease those concerns.

“We are committed to protecting a portion of the property taxes on that facility, no matter who leases that out in the future,” Weigt said. “We look forward to being part of this community in this way.”

Steve Anderson, president and CEO of Anderson Commercial Group, told the Common Council that he has been in discussions with several possible tenants, but could not share any of those potential tenants.

Alderperson Thomas Pietrowski voted against the change in the comprehensive land use plan and the rezoning.

“Having a church on a valuable piece of commercial property really underutilizes the piece of property,” Pietrowski said.

The next step for the church to present a building design to the city.

robert heule July 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
HINT! It may be time to consult an organization located on East Buffalo St. in Milwaukee.
robert heule July 20, 2012 at 03:13 AM
DISCLAIMER: I do not support or agree with comments like "made up" church or any derogatory language aimed at Ridge. I don't question their beliefs, just their influence on the city government which other churches don't seem to enjoy. Please don't destroy the credibility of those of us who oppose the city's recent action. Be positive.
robert heule July 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
@Paul, Is Ridge the only church that can be help human lives, and by the way, human souls?
robert heule July 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM
@ Steve, and God Bless the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Maggie March 31, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Wow what a clever thing to say. Interdenominational churches are not "made up" They worship God, try to be good neighbors, and live lives just like everybody else. This space would have set empty like the old Wal-Mart and it's neighboring Sentry food store in Waukesha. Sometimes people are better off to keep their mouths shut rather than try to sound clever and show their lack of intelligence. I hope they do well.


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