The plan to turn Stack’s Bar in Springfield into a Baptist church is a go.
The Springfield City Council unanimously approved the Springfield Baptist Church’s request for a conditional use permit Tuesday, allowing the group to move ahead with plans to renovate and reuse the former bar and barbecue joint for Sunday services and other church functions.
“Springfield City Council agreed to the zoning of our church!” the church wrote on its Facebook page. “Praise God!”
The church previously received backing to use the building as a church from the Springfield Planning Commission.
Affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Bellevue, the church started holding services in 2010 in the gym of Springfield Elementary School. Though the rented location kept costs low, church administrator Lee Smith said the church, which attracts about 25 worshippers each Sunday, wanted to raise its visibility and have a space of its own.
The 2,200-square-foot bar is at 189 Locust St., not far from another Springfield storefront that the church previously pursued. The City Council turned down a permit for that location last year over parking concerns.
With the council’s permission, Smith said, the church could open in the next several weeks. Although the church might pursue some renovations in the future, the building, which has a small kitchen and an outdoor volleyball pit, is ready for use.