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Work Resumes on Lutheran Church


Work was resumed last Monday after a delay of four months on the church being built behind the Indoor Athletic Building The revised plans for the new University Lutheran church were finally approved by the Cambridge Planning Board at a hearing last month.

The quarter-million-dollar project, begun last November, was halted in the first week in December by an inspector for the Planning Board for violation of the zoning laws. Although the blueprints for the building had been in preparation for 18 months prior to the beginning of the project, they were drawn up without consulting the Planning Board.

Foundation Being Completed

Property owners around the lot on which the church is being built registered a complaint against the church officials, requesting that they obey the zoning laws. In a hearing on January 6, the charge was uphold, and now plans were drawn up.

These plans were presented and accepted by the Planning Board in last month's hearing, and the property owners withdrew their complaint.

The foundations are now being completed in the excavation, which had lain untouched during the period of the hearings. Three laborers and two carpenters work on the project from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, along with a steam shovel crew. The Niles Contractor Company of Newton is in charge of the construction. The church should be completed in nine months.

The church will be big enough to house various rooms for social activities and Sunday School classes in addition to the church proper. In addition, it will have a side lawn.

Before construction could begin on the lot, three existing buildings, including a 15-family apartment house and the old church meeting-house, had to be torn down.

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