Cedar Park: Church Awaits City Approval for New Campus
Feature Photo: The congregation of St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church has outgrown the commercial space (above center) they lease and are planning to build at a new location.
by Art Benavidez
Cedar Park (Travis County) — The Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezoning request this week for a property that will eventually house a new campus for St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church.
The rezoning of the 8.62 acres of undeveloped land changes the zoning from neighborhood business to local business.
The property is located at the intersection of Brushy Creek Road and Ranch Trails in the southeast portion of the city.
Brian Birdwell, a representative for the church, said that while the construction would come in phases, he did not have a specific timetable.
“The initial construction would consist of a multi-function building that would include a parish hall or worship hall, an administrative office and education rooms for Sunday school,” he said. “Over time as the congregation gets bigger, that initial building may be taken over by the parish hall and additional buildings may be built for administrative and educational buildings.
“We also anticipate building an outdoor worship and tranquility area,” Birdwell added.
The Cedar Park City Council is expected to have a first reading regarding the commission’s recommendation at their November 5 meeting and a second reading at their November 19 meeting.
The Reverend Miles R. Brandon II said that the campus would have features such as a playground, an outdoor labyrinth, a prayer garden for quiet contemplation, large open spaces for group games and indoor space that can be reserved for community groups like scouts, twelve step meetings, community theater and much more in a letter advising nearby residents that the church was interested in closing in on the property in September.
He added that the congregation currently consists of 350 members and that they had outgrown their current facility, a commercial suite in a shopping center located at 7700 Cat Hollow Drive.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.