UPLAND - The young members of Sierra Vista Community Church will soon have a space to call their own.

The church at 1589 W. 9th St. has received approval by the Planning Commission to expand into a neighboring 1,800-square-foot space to give junior high, high school and college groups a place to meet.

"It's been one of those things where we want to grow and just haven't had the room. This gives us the ability now to do that," said Todd Rettberg, senior pastor at Sierra Vista church.

The church is in an industrial complex and when the space behind them became available, church officials thought it would be a great opportunity to expand.

"It became available and we talked to the owner," Rettberg said. "We've been wanting to do this. We've grown."

The church has about 200 members, with two services on Sundays and some weeknight services.

"We didn't have a place to put people, especially in our classroom area," he said. "It was just difficult."

The space can fit up to 49 people, but events and meetings are expected to have from 10 to 25 people in attendance.

There are about 25 kids in the junior high and high school group.

The college group, which was formed this year, has about 10 members.

"It's going to be nice for them to have their own place, and the youth pastor will have his own office there, so the kids can come and hang out there," Rettberg said.

"It will be a nice place, a safe place and some kids will probably come after school and just hang out. It will be nice to have their own thing there and to decorate it the way they want."

In the industrial park, most businesses are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays whereas the church operates on some weeknights and on Sundays.

"It does not contradict at all the general plan or uses of that zone or location," Planning Commissioner Carol Timm said.

"I think it's compatible. I think it's good."

Now that the church has been given the go-ahead from the city, Rettberg said he will be calling the contractor to get construction started.

He hopes the facility will be ready for the members in February.

"They're all excited. It's going to be their place," Rettberg said. "We demo-ed already and had kids in there swinging hammers and video-taped that."

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