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A developer is asking to rezone the former Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church at West Sixth and Wellington streets for an antique store.

WATERLOO — A former church may be turned into an antique store.

Waterloo City Council members are scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday on a request from Steven Hackbarth, of Ackley, to rezone the vacant building at 719 W. Sixth St.

The Planning, Programming and Zoning Commission voted in November to endorse the conditional zoning, which would allow the building to house the store and a single apartment.

Property records show Hackbarth purchased the 110-year-old building for $75,000 in 2016. Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church moved out of the building to a new location in 2014.

City staff previously indicated the building may need to be brought up to commercial building code standards, including a fire suppression system, before it could be used for a retail store.

There was no neighborhood opposition when the measure went before the planning commission.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Other scheduled business includes:

  • The second reading of an airport area zoning ordinance, which primarily governs how tall buildings can be within a certain distance of runways around the Waterloo Regional Airport. Cedar Falls and Black Hawk County have already adopted the ordinance, which received no opposition when passing its first reading in Waterloo two weeks ago.
  • The second reading of a request from Black Hawk Economic Development Inc. to rezone land around 200 Nevada St. from agricultural to manufacturing to conform with the longtime use of the property as a rail car repair operation.

Waterloo City Reporter

Waterloo city reporter for the Courier

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