By Ryan Gueningsman
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN Preliminary investigation is taking place into the possibility of Old Apostolic Lutheran Church purchasing and building on a site in Franklin Township.
At the township board’s meeting July 2, Greg Halling, president of Halling Engineering, requested information regarding road access to a 65-acre piece of land west of 90th Street and Wright County Road 13. The property is for sale now.
Halling said the church, currently in Minnetonka, has reached capacity and that church leaders are looking for land for a second church.
Halling has spoken with Wright County Planning and Zoning officials who have told him the highway department shows 16.5 feet of right-of-way access to the property. Halling questioned if it would work, being the right-of-way is so small.
The township board reviewed a map of the area and looked at neighboring property owners in the area. It was discussed that if adjoining property owners don’t give easements, the size of the road would make it impossible to build a church.
Halling spoke with the board about some additional options, and the board directed Halling to begin speaking with adjacent property owners to get the process started. No formal action was taken by the board on the matter.