Thursday, March 21, 2013
Construction began on the church in the former Walmart building on Highway 100 and Layton Avenue in Greenfield in January.
The Ridge Community Church, which has purchased the former Walmart building on Highway 100 and Layton Avenue, is less than two weeks away from holding its first service. Pastor Mark Weigt said the new, massive church is on track to open Easter Sunday, with a service at 10:30 a.m. As many as 30 construction workers have been busy renovating the inside of the former Walmart, converting the big-box retail story into a spacious and inviting place of worship. The church, once completed, will have a 600-plus-seat auditorium, a large reception area, several rooms for children of all ages, office space for church staff and much more.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Ridge Community Church, which just began renovations of the former Walmart building, gave the city Walmart's lawn and garden building.
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Wednesday, January 30
Pastor Mark Weigt of The Ridge Community Church has said often his church would “be a good neighbor.” And though The Ridge is not expected to move into its new home on Highway 100 until the spring, it has already made good on that promise. The church, which began renovating the former Walmart building Jan. 11, has donated the lawn and garden building on the north end of the old Walmart to the City of Greenfield. The Division of Public Works plans to use it to store city equipment. “The donation by the church allows the city to obtain a useful structure that we would not otherwise have the means to afford,” Mayor Michael Neitzke said. “For pennies on the dollar, when one takes into account that we have to remove it and reinstall it, the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
In this week's Names in the News, Greenfield Patch got some more thoughts from The Ridge pastor Mark Weigt, who discussed his hopes for when the new church would open.
Though The Ridge Community Church congregation has been happy during its days at Whitnall High School, the time to move on and move in to a more permanent home has come. And Greenfield has welcomed The Ridge, not once, but twice, most recently this month when the land Walmart currently sits on was rezoned to make way for The Ridge's new church. In this week's Names in the News, Greenfield Patch got some more thoughts from The Ridge pastor Mark Weigt for this Q&A: Greenfield Patch: The Ridge Community Church is inching closer to moving to Greenfield permanently, now that the Common Council has agreed to rezone the land. What's the next step for the church? MW: The next step is to continue working with the Planning Commission on both the …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The moves open the door for the Ridge, to use approximately 60,000 square feet of the property for church-related functions with the rest of the building, or 50,000 square feet, to be leased commercial space.
The Ridge Community Church moved one step closer to permanently moving to Greenfield – again. More than six months after the city rezoned land on Layton Avenue so that the Ridge could build a church in a residential area – that deal fell through at the last minute – the city once again paved the way for the Ridge to something even more dramatic. On Tuesday, the Greenfield Common Council voted to amend the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at 4500 S. 108th Street, a nine-parcel piece of land that currently houses Walmart, from planned business to planned mixed us and rezoned the property from regional business district to planned unit development. The moves open the door for the Ridge, which has an accepted offer-to-purchase the entire …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Ridge Community Church has an accepted offer to purchase the existing WalMart property, and wants to convert a majority of the 110,000-square-foot building into space used for church-based functions.
The Ridge Community Church’s second major attempt to make a permanent home in Greenfield will get a comprehensive look by the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday. Pastor Mark Weigt and other church representatives are expected to outline plans to bring a church with a rapidly growing popularity and congregation to one of the city’s busiest commercial corridors, while at the same time taking a significantly valued property — or at least a portion of it — off the city’s tax rolls. The RCC has an accepted offer to purchase the existing WalMart property, and wants to convert a majority of the 110,000-square-foot building into space used for church-based functions. The offer is contingent on the City of Greenfield agreeing to rezone the land …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The Ridge Community Church has an accepted offer to purchase the soon-to-be vacant WalMart building, but possible rezoning and land use issues stand in the way.
The Ridge Community Church is not named after the congregation’s first dwelling — Ridge Theater in New Berlin, where around 30 people gathered nearly five years ago. “The Ridge” just happened to symbolize what the rapidly growing church was all about. “We liked the idea of ‘The Ridge’ because we want people to always reach higher and never be satisfied where they are,” Pastor Mark Weigt said. “God always has more and we never want to settle for anything less than God’s best for us.” With that in mind, if Weigt’s plan to move the RCC into the soon-to-be vacant WalMart building on Highway 100 comes to fruition, rest assured there will be no name switch to Church-Mart or anything similar. Weigt and the RCC has an accepted offer to purchase …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A plan to build a large church on Layton Avenue had been in the works for months.
Plans to build a 23,000-square-foot-church on 12 acres of land in Greenfield have been scrapped. Mark Weigt, lead pastor of The Ridge Community Church, told Greenfield Patch in an email that after months of planning and several appearances in front of the city's Plan Commission and Common Council, the 9500/9700 blocks of Layton Avenue will not be the RCC's first permanent home. "Unfortunately we ran into some site development issues at the last minute that will prevent us from being able to move forward with the project at this location," Weigt said. "We are disappointed as we were really looking forward to moving forward there. The city, the sellers and everyone involved has been great to us. "We have refocused our efforts on a search for…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Common Council voted 4-1 to rezone land from residential to institutional to make way for the church.
Like a family that outgrows a starter home, the congregation of The Ridge Community Church is just about ready for a bigger dwelling and a sense of permanency. The Greenfield Common Council paved the way for The Ridge Community Church to put down its roots in Greenfield when it voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning land in the 9500/9700 blocks of West Layton Avenue from residential to institutional Tuesday. The move all but assures The Ridge Community Church will build a 23,000-square-foot-building on 12 acres of land, barring any unforeseeable problems between the church and the city’s planning commission. The church originally held its services at The Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and has spent the last one and a half years at Whitnall High School…
Monday, September 19, 2011
The city's Plan Commission was not satisfied with the church's proposal to build a church off of Layton Avenue, but will give the group another opportunity next month.
Changes to the original conceptual design of a proposed large church raised enough concerns by Greenfield’s Plan Commission last week that it was unable to suggest a favorable recommendation to the city’s Common Council at this time. Rev. Mark Weigt, lead pastor of The Ridge Community Church, is confident he and his team will make the necessary changes that prevents that from happening a second time. Chuck Erickson, Greenfield’s Community Development Manager, said he and the Plan Commission were comfortable with phase one of The Ridge Community Church’s proposal, which includes a 21,000-square-foot building, a playground and 220 parking stalls, based on a conceptual review rendition provided by the church in August, in a 12-acre parcel …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The new church would need the land to be rezoned from residential to institutional.
Days before the city's decision to not rezone land near Greenfield Middle School, a move that would have opened the door for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to build a new church, the city of Greenfield entertained the idea of allowing a large church to be erected on Layton Avenue. Greenfield NOW reports that the Greenfield Planning Commission was receptive to a proposal by Pastor Mark Weigt of Ridge Community Church, 2626 S. 162nd Street, New Berlin, to build a 30,000-square-foot church on a 12-acre parcel in the 9500 through 9700 blocks on the north side of Layton Avenue. The land is currently zoned residential and has seven lots, two of which have homes built on them. The land would need to be rezoned as institutional to…