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East Side's Karen Baptist Church seeks to build assembly hall

Just three years after opening, an East Side church whose members come from Buffalo's Burmese refugee community wants to build a new structure on its Bailey Avenue property to accommodate weddings, fellowship events and other programs for its membership.

The Buffalo Karen Baptist Church, located at 3021 Bailey, is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval on Monday for a proposed 2,800-square-foot assembly hall at the corner of Bailey and Hastings avenues.

The new brick-faced wood building — to be located on the 1.08-acre parcel's southwest open grassed area — would be used to host "medium-size" gatherings for 100 to 250 people, according to a letter from architect Douglas K. Klotzbach of K2 Architects, which was submitted as part of church's application to the city.

The church — whose first service was in June 2015 — also needs a special-use permit from the Buffalo Common Council. If approved, the $350,000 project would take about four to six months to complete.

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