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WL council meeting expected to draw large crowd

The West Lafayette City Council convenes Monday night for its regularly monthly meeting, but at a different location. 

Members will hold the meeting at West Lafayette High School to accommodate large expected crowds coming to discuss a controversial mixed-use project.

Faith Church is asking the council to sign off on a proposed $12-million community center along Northwestern Avenue.

The project has drawn the ire of some residents because the church is requesting $7-million dollars in tax exempt bonds.

The bonds would be issued by the city which, as a government entity, is able to acquire lower interest rates. 

However, city officials say there is no financial obligation for West Lafayette.

Opponents say such action crosses the line between separation of church and state.

Leaders with the church say the bonds are needed to move the project forward.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Mon in the auditorium of West Lafayette High School.

If approved, Faith Church expects to start construction as soon as next month and have the center open by next summer.