Posted on Wed, Mar. 09, 2005


Campbell OKs controversial church plan

Mercury News

Over the protests of neighbors, the Campbell City Council approved a plan to expand the San Jose St. George Coptic Orthodox Church.

By a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Joe Hernandez in the minority, the council approved the project, which will quadruple in size the now-one-story church on West Rincon Avenue.

The 76 signatures on petitions submitted by opponents did not sway the remaining council members. ``I'm definitely disappointed,'' neighbor Betty Montoya said. ``We tried to show them that it would be a hindrance.

``We all agree the building is a beautiful building, but it does not belong in a small neighborhood.''

The Rev. Salib Girgris said he found the process ``very fair,'' and that the congregation will send a letter to neighbors reiterating the church's desire to continue their good relationship with them.

The church will be required to put frosted or stained glass windows on the second floor of the classroom building, and install bollards, waist-high metal or concrete posts, to keep cars from going through the fence of the neighboring condominium project.

The next step for neighbors is to meet again and appoint a neighborhood spokesperson to talk with church officials.

Contact Michele Jurich at or (408) 920-5606.


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