Burned house to be razed; won't affect church's plans

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 11:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 11:31 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – An unoccupied house that was extensively damaged in a fire earlier this month already was set to be torn down.

The Chapel, a nondenominational church that has held services at McHenry West High School since 2010, bought the 12-acre property at 414 S. Crystal Lake Road in September with the intent of building a new church there.

Five of the six buildings on the property are to be demolished, including the two-story house that was damaged in a fire Dec. 18, The Chapel said in a news release.

The fire caused extensive fire and smoke damage throughout the house, according to a news release issued by the McHenry Township Fire Protection District at the time. No one was injured.

Since the September purchase, The Chapel has started to clear the land and developed plans to demolish the buildings, according to the church.

The campaign to raise money to build the new church is expected to take several years, its campus pastor, Jeff Pittman said, in a letter to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The church would be about 25,000 square feet and could accommodate 400 people, according to city documents.

It would be built on the south side of the lot, on the far side of the property from the single-family homes.

The one remaining building, a green pole barn, would be moved behind the new church.

The plan also includes a parking lot with 225 parking spaces, more than the 100 spaces required by the city, and to accommodate the expected increase in traffic, The Chapel will also widen Crystal Lake Road, adding southbound and northbound turn lanes into the property.

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