GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission on Thursday approved a special land use that will allow Alpha Family Center, a community service organization, to move operations into the building that previously housed Hillcrest Free Methodist Church.
Currently located at 117 E. Montcalm St., the Alpha Family Center, which classifies itself as a pro-life pregnancy center focused on families faced with planned and unplanned pregnancy crises, submitted the request to the planning commission in order to operate on the property at 705 Hillcrest Drive. The property is zoned Residential-3. Community service centers are allowed in R-3 zones as special land uses.
After considering issues such as parking, hours of operation and donation drop boxes, the planning commission approved the special land use for the building, which an Alpha Family Center representative said will better serve the organization than its current location.
“We feel that we would have a much greater outreach to many of our clients who are in that area,” said Lorenda Davis, noting the building’s proximity to Greenville High School and Middle School, as well as the Montcalm Community College satellite. “We kind of fit into both the ministerial part and the educational part, which is what we do with our clients, we educate them and we serve a ministry to them as well.
“By having our location close to the students, we feel that timing is often of the essence and what their circumstances are and what they’re facing. If transportation may hinder them coming to see us, then were that much closer and we’re that much more successful.”
Commission member Dale Rayburn said he was excited to see Alpha Family Center find a location that better suits its mission.
“I really am excited about this opportunity for Alpha Family Center. I think this is an ideal spot for them and they’ve been looking for a long time for some place to go,” he said. “This matches their needs as well as anything I’ve ever seen in this town and I couldn’t be more excited. I think they’ll do a good job.”