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Council tables action on permit for Ethiopian Orthodox Church

WORTHINGTON — Members of the Worthington City Council on Monday tabled a vote on a conditional use permit for a proposed Ethiopian Orthodox Church, requesting more time to come to a conclusion.

The proposed 24,792-square foot church, located across from Olson Park and south of Sutherland Drive along Crailsheim Drive, has drawn opposition from nearby Glenwood Heights residents who cite a number of concerns — mainly that the church will limit future residential growth in the area.

The Worthington Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit last Tuesday, with the condition that the church be accessed via Crailsheim Drive instead of Sutherland Drive — which Nobles County has previously said it would not allow — and that it be screened off with natural barriers such as trees.

Congregation President Abebe Abetew said church members have been searching for a location for five years and Len Bakken, who has been working with the group, said the site was the perfect match in terms of size and price.

For more of this story, see Wednesday's print edition and