Landowner Amy Statler presents why and how she plans to bring a new Hispanic Christian Church to Manvel to the Planning, District and Zoning Board. One of her current employees, who serves as a maid, will be the church's pastor if City Council approves the plans.

New church a possibility on Highway 6

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Landowner Amy Statler presents why and how she plans to bring a new Hispanic Christian Church to Manvel to the Planning, District and Zoning Board. One of her current employees, who serves as a maid, will be the church's pastor if City Council approves the plans.

Landowner Amy Statler presents why and how she plans to bring a new Hispanic Christian Church to Manvel to the Planning, District and Zoning Board. One of her current employees, who serves as a maid, will be the church’s pastor if City Council approves the plans.

Sprinkled in with towering trees, a range of restaurants, a palette of local businesses and a charade of varying gas stations line Highway 6. Manvel’s community is easily sensed through the tableau that surrounds the highway. Now, a new church may make an appearance on the teeming, reef-like Highway 6.

The Planning, District and Zoning Board met Aug. 15 to hear plans for a Nondenominational Hispanic Christian Church. According to landowner Amy Statler, the church will be located next to Miss. Ellie’s Antiques and Collectibles on Highway 6.

Currently, Statler owns and operates The Cleaning Authority, a maid service, at that location. Now she envisions the space as a multi-functional facility, where her maid service would coexist with the proposed church. Statler said it wouldn’t be a problem to have the two businesses in the same building because the hours do not overlap.

Additionally, there would be a sanctuary dedicated to only worship while the church offices would serve as business offices during the maid service’s hours of operation.

While the Board had instinctual concerns the plans could prove to be bizarre, City Manager Kyle Jung brought up the point that the biker church also has multi-tenants.

Statler came to the meeting with Nydia Lopez, a maid under Statler. However, if the church is approved by City Council, Lopez will become the church’s pastor.

“We believe another church on Highway 6 could do the community good,” Statler said to the Board.

The Board also voiced concern that parking could pose as a problem, especially considering its proximity to such a busy highway. Jung was quick to point out that Statler agreed to an adequate amount of parking spaces on the actual property so overflow should not be a problem.

Ultimately, the Board favorably recommended the church to City Council. The next City Council meeting is Aug. 22 where Council will review the plans once more. The next Planning, District and Zoning Meeting is Aug. 29. Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance online.

Story and photo by Aiden Park