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OAK CREEK - The Ridge Community Church is a step closer to opening a second location in Oak Creek in the current Value Cinema building.

The Value Cinema location, 6912 S. 27th St. would be the church's second location. Currently, they operate out of a portion of a former Walmart buildingĀ at 4500 S. 108th St. in Greenfield.

The Oak Creek plan commission approved a rezone request for the theater property and the parcel behind it to institutional zoning at their April 11 meeting. A conditional use permit for a religious institution was also included with the conditions and restrictions set to be presented at the April 25 plan commission meeting.

Alderman Chris Guzikowski called the church a "great fit" for the location.

City Planner Kari Papelbon said the church will be remodeling the interior theater sections of the existing building.

The interior will take cues from the church's Greenfield location such as a cafe area, kids area, and other elements. The hours of operation are planned to be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., with "some activities" planned for Saturdays, according to the plan commission report.

Additionally, the report states exterior renovations will be presented at a later date.

The church chose Oak Creek due to around 300 of their current congregation members coming from the area.

"We are a community church and we want to put a location in Oak Creek that would better serve its growing community," the proposal from The Ridge reads.

A news release from Marcus Theatres in November 2016 announced the sale of the Value Cinema property and stated the theater would operate at full capacity until it was finalized. The Ridge presented their offer to purchase the location in fall 2016.

The Ridge Community Church started in 2006 as a non-denominational church. They held their first service at The Ridge Cinema in New Berlin. Three years later they moved to Whitnall High School in Greenfield where the held services for an additional three years. In 2013 they held their first service at their current Greenfield location.

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