East Columbus seeks to expand school classroom space

East Columbus Christian Church is making plans to add 10 to 12 school classrooms to its school.

School officials are asking the city for approval of their plans to build a new addition to allow for an expanding group of students. The church school will appear before the Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals tonight to get approval for the plan. The church is seeking to expand its footprint in an area zoned for single family residences.

In their application for the conditional use for the property, school officials point out that their use will be the same as their neighbor, Columbus East High School, and that the appearance of the church would not change significantly. That would include a similarly sloped roof and the construction would use some of the 100,000 bricks the church held in reserve from their last building project so everything would match.

The school says the overcrowding has reached the point where they are holding classes in Sunday School classrooms on the other side of the property from the school.

Planning staff is recommending approval of the conditional use. The Board of Zoning appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Columbus City Hall.