Choosing A Permanent Location
Now that we had an interim place to meet, the leadership turned its attention to picking a permanent location. This task involved a lot of prayer and patience. There were relatively few places within Altoona which offered the space we needed and were available. The 17th Street location where the previous building had stood was quickly ruled out. Since the original building was built there, new zoning regulations had been implemented. They required greater setbacks and imposed new restrictions, such as water retention ponds. These new regulations reduced the land area available. Before the fire, we were already running out of space. Rebuilding an equivalent building would have been difficult on that property and building larger would have been impossible. But God had a plan and we just needed to wait on Him.