Faith West project draws support and concern

May 8, 2012

A more than $11-million project in West Lafayette is moving forward, but not without some opposition.

The city council agreed to issue $7-million in bonds for Faith Church to build a community center along Northwestern Avenue.

The measure passed with a six to one vote.  Councilor Peter Bunder opposed. He says the move crosses the line of separation between church and government.

However, mayor John Dennis this is a way for the city to support the project and overall community development.

West Lafayette is issuing the bond, but has no financial obligation.  The move is done to help Faith receive a better interest rate because it goes through a government entity.

The Church is planning to develop the four-story-facility on about 6.5-acres.  A public hearing on the project is scheduled for later this month and a final vote is expected in June.