Church controversy continues in the Poconos

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- It's an old building that could see new life in the Poconos, but this proposed project is not without its fair share of controversy.

In this Eyewitness News follow-up, Wednesday night people packed into this zoning hearing board meeting to fire off questions about a controversial Korean-based church that could be coming to Monroe County.

The World Mission Society Church of God wants to buy the Pocono Dome in Hamilton Township.

The group originally applied in March to use the facility as a retreat, and now they want to turn it into a church.

"The traffic now for the road where the dome is on, it's very narrow, a one-lane bridge, and traffic is going to multiply 100 times," said Dale, who did not provide his last name.

"What brings anxiety is the unknown!" said Missionary John Power.  "Once they let us come into the community, they will see that there's nothing to worry about!"

No decision was made regarding the special use application.  Testimony will continue on July 12th at 4:30 p.m. at the Monroe County 9-1-1 Center.


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