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We have an overconcentration of churches': Neighborhood group wants permit for new church denied

A neighborhood group is asking is asking Sacramento officials to deny a permit for a new church because there are already too many in the area. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Jane Macaulay insists she's "so not opposed to churches" — and yet Macaulay, as president of Woodlake Neighbors Creating Transparency, is asking Sacramento, California, officials to deny a permit for a new church.

Why?

There are too many churches in town as it is, she told KOVR-TV.

"We have an overconcentration of churches right now," Macaulay added to the station.

Image source: KOVR-TV video screenshot

Macaulay claimed there are 18 other churches in the neighborhood, KOVR reported.

Image source: KOVR-TV video screenshot

What does she want instead of a church?

Macaulay told the station she wants a new business on Del Paso Boulevard instead: "Places that we can shop, places that we can eat like all the other neighborhoods have."

That may be a tall order as business closure struggles have hit the thoroughfare in recent years, KOVR said.

What does another neighborhood leader have to say?

Larry Glover-Meade, president of the Woodlake Neighborhood Association, told the station he supports a permit for a church.

Image source: KOVR-TV video screenshot

"For me, it seems like a good use for that property," he told KOVR. "It's not taking away something that could have been used."

Location, location, location (but it's not what you think)

Glover-Meade added to the station that the building that would house the church is at the end of the boulevard in a low-profile spot.

Image source: KOVR-TV video screenshot

"It's immediately adjacent between a warehouse district and an on-ramp," he noted to KOVR. "It's not an ideal property."

Image source: KOVR-TV video screenshot

But it seems that if you build a church in this town, people will come...

"It just seems to be sort of a Mecca for churches," Macaulay remarked to the station about the area. She added, "I think enough on the churches."

Glover-Meade sees it differently: "You can’t always say no to everything," he told KOVR.

While Sacramento city staff is recommending permit approval, the station said the planning commission is set to vote this week.

One last thing…
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