Church expands; Woodstock approves
- Eric Norberg
- The Bee - News
For a century, the Apostolic Faith Church has been holding its worldwide convention at its world headquarters, Portland, Oregon. Since 1920, the annual meetings--now three weeks in length--have been held at its campground on S.E. 52nd, between Duke and Cooper Streets.
The accommodations for attendees have included 500 cabins and a number of RV parking spaces; now the church wants to develop and expand the RV parking area on the south side of the property, on Cooper Street. As part of the deal, the church will undertake widening and improving Cooper adjacent to the property, and add a sidewalk, stormwater swale drainage, and landscaping.
Cliff Paulsen and John Musgrave from the church presented the plans, which are nearing approval by City Hall, to the Woodstock Neighborhood Association in August, and then did the same at the monthly meeting of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) on September 12th. Both organizations expressed approval of the plans, and both submitted letters of endorsement to the city.
Although the church's property is partly in Woodstock and partly in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, the WCBA is the official voice of the business community of both neighborhoods, its open meeting is on the second Tuesday evening of each month at 7 pm at Country Bill's Restaurant, S.E. 45th and Woodstock Boulevard.
The church plans to start work on the improvements as soon as the city issues a permit to do so, and hopes to have the work done in time for its next world convention next July.