Potter’s Hand finds new home

Stan Schalk’s prayers have been answered.

Stan Schalk’s prayers have been answered.

Efforts by the Potter’s Hand Ministries pastor to conduct Sunday morning church services in a downtown building received the blessing of Red Deer’s municipal planning commission on Wednesday — after a bit of a delay.

Berry Architecture & Associates had applied to the city on behalf of Schalk for authorization to operate a place of worship at 5202 53rd Ave.

Schalk is an owner of the building, which dates back to 1959 and was last used by the former Robco Cabinets.

The commission considered the application on Jan. 25 and voted to table the matter so that feedback could be obtained from the Greater Downtown Action Plan Steering Committee.

Although Schalk was only seeking to conduct church services in the premises for three years, members of the commission were concerned that this would be inconsistent with the distinctive urban neighbourhood theme proposed for the Railyards district, where the building is located.

On Wednesday, the commission heard that the Greater Downtown Action Plan Steering Committee does not support Schalk’s plans because they don’t reflect the long-term vision and intent of the Greater Downtown Action Plan.

However, the commission decided to allow the building to be used for worship on Sunday mornings for a three-year period.

Mayor Morris Flewwelling said after the meeting that a church may not fit the long-term plan for the district but could still be suitable in the short term.

To that end, the commission stipulated that the issue be reviewed after 2 1/2 years, and that continued operation of the church beyond three years require a new application to, and approval by, the commission at that time.

Flewwelling noted that significant renovations are planned for the building, which will delay its availability for worship by about six months.

“Although it’s going to cover a three-year period, it’ll only be 2 1/2 years of actual use.”

The commission also voted to grant a relaxation of the number of parking stalls required for the site — to 11 from 67.

That reflected the fact that several nearby property owners have agreed to provide Sunday parking for members of the Potter’s Hand Ministries congregation.

Potter’s Hand Ministries has been conducting services in the former Buffalo Hotel, which is now a low-income housing complex.

Shalk said previously that about 150 people worship there, which has necessitated a move to bigger space.

Potter’s Hand Ministries also operates a soup kitchen downtown.


Just Posted

Crime in Red Deer has risen from 2018, but is still lower than in 2017, police commander tells council

Supt. Grobmeier is encouraged that second quarter is better than the first

Rural crime numbers dip: Alberta Justice

Rural property crime down 10% from 2017 to 2018

Caroline mayor pitching waste-to-energy project

Plan is for area municipalities will join together to supply project

Man tries to sell stolen vehicle to Ponoka dealership

RCMP have laid more than 20 charges against a man, following an… Continue reading

Health and wellness centre coming to Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed in Red Deer is preparing for a new health… Continue reading

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defence has been stellar so far this season

The offence has certainly been front and centre this season but the… Continue reading

Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

It wasn’t until the rise of the #MeToo movement that Julia Gartley… Continue reading

Equifax to pay up to US$700M in data breach settlement

Equifax will pay up to US$700 million to settle with U.S. federal… Continue reading

Aimia sues largest shareholder over alleged breach of contracted truce

Aimia Inc. has filed a lawsuit against its largest shareholder that accuses… Continue reading

Expert warns of Huawei monopoly in North, leaving residents vulnerable to China

Ottawa is creating conditions for the telecom giant Huawei to create a… Continue reading

A talking scale to fight obesity

Are readers tired of me telling them that they should step on… Continue reading

Acerbic satire of ‘The Beaverton’ thriving in polarized political climate

TORONTO — It’s a few days before the season 3 premiere of… Continue reading

Alcohol-linked ER visits by women and youth on the rise in Ont., study suggests

Alcohol-related health problems are posing a growing burden on Ontario emergency rooms,… Continue reading

Most Read