The1st Presbyterian Church of Hawley received the green light for its addition plans at the January 2nd Hawley Council session.

HAWLEY - The1st Presbyterian Church of Hawley received the green light for its addition plans at the January 2nd Hawley Council session.

(Council normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month but they met sooner in January due to the required annual re-organization meeting.)

The church, at 815 Church Street, will be adding an extension to the community hall in back of the sanctuary, connecting with the administration office building to the right from the church, as seen from the street.

Lou Cozza, of Kiley Associates, represented the church at the conditional use hearing held before the Council session.

The added floor space will allow for an expansion of the community hall and its many functions. Pastor William Samford said these include the community luncheon held on the second and fourth Saturdays, NA and AA meetings and so forth, as well as the congregation’s coffee hour.

Aside from the added space, the new addition will allow for handicapped-accessible restrooms, a handicapped-accessible access from the parking lot and an upgraded kitchen.

Cozza noted that the church currently has 37 parking spaces. Although four will be lost due to the addition, an agreement with Paupack Fuel, not door, was updated to allow parking on their property. The addition will also be built upon an existing paved area, and will not take away lawn.

Design of the new addition will blend architecturally with the church, Cozza said.

Council gave unanimous approval to the conditional use, without applying any special conditions. Rev. Samford said that a couple parishioners contributed enough funds to cover almost the entire project. He said that their contractor is ready to start.

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Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., at Borough Hall. The office may be reached at 570-226-9545.