May 26, 2018
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Neighbors complain about plans for Augusta church

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Plans to build a church in Augusta are drawing opposition from some neighbors.

Leaders with the Augusta Spiritualist Church have struck a deal to buy a 1.3-acre parcel between Townsend Road and High Ridge Drive, between a residential area and a shopping plaza.

Jean Goding’s home overlooks the land. She fears increased traffic from the church will disrupt the peace of her neighborhood.

In a letter to the city, Goding said the church essentially would be in “the backyards of this quiet, dead-end, family oriented and predominantly older Catholic neighborhood.”

Goding told the Kennebec Journal her concerns have nothing to do with religion.

Church President Theresa Clifford says she understands neighborhood concerns, but her church is “low key,” with only about 35 members.

The planning board will take up the issue Tuesday.

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