Faith Church

Lafayette Mayor's Office

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Faith Church requests tax exemption

Jun 28, 2012

Land in West Lafayette acquired by a local church appears to be tax exempt.

The Tippecanoe Tax Board of Appeals is reviewing Faith Church’s plan to build a community center along Northwestern Avenue.

County Assessor Linda Phillips says there is no reason to believe the land won’t be granted a tax exemption.

Under Indiana law, land owned by religious organizations is exempt from being taxed.

The board has 90-days to review Faith’s proposal.

A local church has financing lined up to build a community center in West Lafayette.

The city council voted four-to-three in favor of the bond issue for the Faith West development. Faith Church will use $7 million in tax exempt bonds toward the nearly $12 million facility.

Council members Peter Bunder, Ann Hunt and Eddie VanBogaert opposed the deal, due to issues of separation of church and state.

Faith Senior Pastor Steve Viars says he respects the difference of opinions expressed and the civil tone of the discussion.

WL council meeting expected to draw large crowd

Jun 3, 2012

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.

Faith Church has cleared another hurdle in order to build a nearly $12 million community center in West Lafayette. The city’s Economic Development Commission voted three-to-one in favor of issuing tax exempt bonds for the project.

Under the deal, Faith Church could acquire $7 million in tax exempt bond revenue to finance the project, and would be responsible for paying back the money.

Commission President Bill Baitinger voted “No,” saying it sets a bad precedent.

Faith Church could secure funding for WL project

May 7, 2012

West Lafayette’s city council is considering a move to help launch a proposed mixed-use project.

Members will vote Monday, May 7, on issuing $7 million in bonds for Faith Church.

The non-profit wants to build a 94,000 square foot community center along Northwestern Avenue.

If the city sells the bonds, Faith will receive a lower interest rate because it’s through a government agency. But, it comes at no financial risk to West Lafayette, according to Mayor John Dennis.

An area manufacturer is doing its part to provide shelter for certain households in Greater Lafayette.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive is teaming up with Faith Ministries and the American Red Cross to build the SIA Safe Haven Home.

Executive Vice President Tom Easterday says the facility will play an important role in the community.

Faith Church Presents Mixed Use Complex Details

Jan 20, 2012

West Lafayette residents are getting a better understanding of a proposed $10-million mixed use development along Northwestern Avenue between Lindberg Road and Windsor Drive.

Faith Church is putting together plans for the project which would include a community center, apartments, and a restaurant and presented them during a public meeting Thursday night.

Pastor Steve Viars  says the development aims at meeting multiple needs of members of the community.

Engineer Joe Blake says community input has been important in putting together designs for the facility.