Henrietta, N.Y. – A church expansion in Henrietta stunned neighbors who say no one notified them of the project.
All Nations Church, which is on Pinnacle Rd., is more than tripling in size and moving its parking lot to the borders of its plot of land.
Gary Payne lives along the border and says recent construction left him perplexed.
“They could have been more open especially to the people in the surrounding properties,” Payne said.
Henrietta Town Supervisor Michael Yudelson says the project met all zoning requirements, which means the church did not need any approvals and the community did not have a chance to air any objections.
Yudelson says the plan was presented at the planning board meeting and he would like to see public comment periods at those meetings.
“They wouldn’t be able to argue against a project, but they would be able to find out more information about a project that’s coming to their neighborhood,” Yudelson said.
Josh Ancello, a pastor at All Nations Church, said they have adjusted the plans to address neighbors’ concerns.
“I think it’s a benefit to the community to have a church nearby serving the Lord and ministering,” Ancello said.