New Covenant Wants to Expand Nursery Services

The church needs an exception from the city's zoning board, but it won't require any building expansion.

New Covenant Campus could be expanding its Sunday nursery care into a full operation, if a late November zoning hearing goes in the institution' favor.

Albert Blackstock, the CFO of New Covenant Church, presented an application to the West Mt. Airy Neighbors zoning committee to allow the church to use its on-site nursery facilities, currently only being utilized during Sunday service, as a full-time business for the church.

Because the church is zoned in a residential neighborhood, it would need to be granted a special exception by the city's zoning board at its Nov. 27 meeting, but Blackstock says that the current proposal requires no structural changes to the existing property.

"This would increase our ability to serve the community," he said. "We have the existing nursery, why not use it for infants? We think it could be a feeder for our preschool."

Blackstock said that the nursery would ideally run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and would serve young children between 6 weeks and 2-years-old. 

The church's application goes before the city's zoning board on Nov. 27.


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