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The Racine City Council this week gave conditional approval this week for a church to be operated on the ground floor of a building at 1700 N. Main Street. Justin James, of Belle City Church, had requested permission for a non-commercial type use for the property.

According to City Council documents, the church proposes to conduct Sunday services, and maintain general office hours during the week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Counseling services and marriages will also be conducted during the week, according to the request. “There are small groups who would use the facility during the evening,” City staff wrote in the recommendation.

The application came with no request for approval of signage, but City staff said it will fall under current sign regulations, should the church apply for permits in the future.

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