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Hartland Church Has Initial Site Plans Approved for New Location

The River hopes to start construction on their new church beginning this summer.

After more than 10 years serving the community, The River Church, which currently meets at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, has completed the first step in their efforts to begin construction on a new church in Hartland.

Located on 75 acres of land between Hacker and Cullen Roads the church's director of operations Mark Freego said that the organization is hoping to be able to start construction this summer.

With a square footage of more than 38,000 feet, Freego said the larger space would be able to better accommodate their growing ministry.

“We’re excited and I think it’s going to be a real benefit to the community,” Freego said.

While the site plan is still in the early stages of a three-tiered plan development phase, Hartland Township planner Dave Campbell said that the project is “progressing well” and each stage will have to be approved by the planning committee and board of trustees.

“They will be held to the same standards that every other development would be held to,” Campbell said. “We’re already working with them on approving their architecture to make it a building that is consistent with all the other commercial buildings in Hartland Township.”

The River Church has also considered long-term goals as well, according to Campbell, which may include possible residential homes built on the back part of the property, but no formal plan has been discussed yet.

rose clark February 27, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Thank you Jerry! I wrote out this response when I first read this article but hesitated to send it for fear too many people would be upset with me for complaining about a church. So here is my letter....... Can someone please explain to me why we need another church in Hartland? There are many quaint little churches in and around Hartland for people to attend. I know I am going to get a lot of back-lash responses to this comment but I just ask that you be kind. That piece of land that is being used for just another money-making organization disguised as a "church" will be taking over a large beautiful natural area that will be disrupting wildlife. Of which I so love Hartland for. Not to mention the fact that because it will be described as a "church" it will be receiving many tax breaks. Don't get me wrong, I understand that we need some businesses in the area for growing purposes. I just do not see the need for this organization. Like I said there are many little churches for the religious to attend and many local groups to volunteer for. (I would have much preferred the Menards). Trust me, SOMEBODY is making big bucks off this and it ain't Hartland!
hartland eagle February 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM
They bought the land. The use fits the zoning. They meet the township's architectural standards and the building codes.
Donald February 28, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Rose - My understanding is The River Community Church has been in existence for roughly 10 years and presently meets at the Performing Arts Center so is not a "new" church to the area. I've seen articles on how involved this church is with supporting our community like holding a Christmas store for people that couldn't afford to have Christmas. That piece of land was approved to be another residential subdivision so most likely if the River didn't purchase the property it would have been developed as residential which would "disrupt wildlife" greater than this use and also impact 59 traffic greater. I'm sure the church will be tied into the sewer/water district and will be paying their portion which helps all of us. I would love to have a Menards here also, we need something of that size/quality in this area but am not going to condemn an organization without facts so I take a wait and see approach. Menards had a right and chose not to go along with township standards as others have stated and the church or any other organization that want Hartland to be their home, has the same rights as long as they comply with the standards.
rb March 01, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Normally I am not a negative person. But mega churches are nothing but scams. And yes I have proof. Do your research people. Support the separation of state and church. Peace out.
rb March 01, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Don, sorry to disagree with you but I would rather see a subdivision there. The town would receive more taxes by homeowners than a church. And homeowners like trees on their property. Agree to disagree.

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