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Prayer Center Offers Plan to Public

The latest plans presented by the New England Prayer Center for its proposed new 20,000-square-foot facility at 22 S. Park Ave., say drainage on the property will prevent significant amounts of construction debris from being washed into the nearby river. The new facility would be built on the property of the current center which also serves as a home.

A system of water quality basins and a parking lot will have drainage to deal with the runoff according to engineer Ted Crawford. Crawford tried to quiet the public’s concern that the facility and its 184 space parking area would be seen from the road. The lot would be set back from the road and would have an evergreen “buffer." Eighty percent of the land would be preserved naturally as it is now.

Although the proposed nondenominational worship facility would be built to seat 300 in the prayer gallery, the center says that would be the worst case scenario. Currently, between nine and 90 attendees visit the current center to pray at a given meeting.

Gina Blaze has lived on the property all her life and been active at the prayer center since it began 10 years ago. “It’s our prayer that Easton will be proud to have this in our town,” she said. Blaze said the prayer facility was “not about the label” and those visiting the center would represent many religions.

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