Hales Corners — Hales Corners Lutheran Church is currently looking at two options for the future of their campus on Grange Ave., which they are planning to sell once they consolidate into one main campus on Janesville Rd.
The Grange campus, 5425 S 111th St., currently houses Hales Corners Lutheran's elementary school and evening church services. Under the expansion plan, all of the church's schools and services would be at the Janesville campus, 12300 W Janesville Road.
Church leaders are currently considering two potential buyers for the property: a school and a church, at this point both unnamed. After the church's board of directors reviews the information collected by the building committee, the board will make a recommendation to the congregation, who will then vote on the final decision.
Once the church has voted on the future of the property, the church will hold a community meeting and share the outcome with the community.
According to Director of Communication Bettina Zivney, this process should be complete by March or April, and plans are set to break ground on the expansion to the Janesville campus in May.
Movin' Out ministries, who the church was previously considering selling to, is no longer listed as a potential buyer.
"Really, the school that is looking at the Grange property has such a large interest that we are choosing to pursue that first and foremost," said Zivney. "The relationship with Movin' Out has been put on hold."
In October, many neighbors to the Grange campus expressed their lack of enthusiasm for the church selling the property to Movin' Out, who builds discounted housing for adults with disabilities and families with children who have disabilities.
However, attitudes seem to be more positive now. The church had a community meeting Jan. 10 with their neighbors on the Janesville campus, which was also attended by some of their Grange campus neighbors, and according to Zivney the meeting went "extremely well."
"I know that our senior pastor, Keith Speaks, is very encouraged by the response from our neighbors," Zivney said. "We're looking forward to developing a better relationship with our neighbors, so this is a great step towards doing that."