Maple Grove Approves 34,000-Square-Foot Megachurch Campus
A megachurch with several locations in Minnesota is setting up a permanent home in Maple Grove.
The Maple Grove City Council approved plans for River Valley Church to build its newest campus at Arbor Ridge Parkway and 101st Avenue North.
“We’ve made it a year. The church has survived and continues to grow and thrive and do well,” said Pastor Kaleb Graham. “We think that the building will add a lot of value.”
River Valley Church is planning to construct a 34,000-square-foot building on a vacant plot in the northwestern quadrant of Maple Grove.
The main auditorium will have seating for 600 people. The building will also have a smaller auditorium and classrooms.
Maple Grove Council Confident in Infrastructure Plans
Currently, the church hosts its services out of the Whirlyball Twin Cities entertainment center.
Maple Grove City Council Member Rachelle Johnson said that she received several concerned phone calls from residents about the project. However, she felt comfortable moving it forward due to existing infrastructure plans.
“I’m confident that this is a really good plan and that our infrastructure in this area and quadrant of Maple Grove is probably going to be better than it is anywhere else in the city,” she said. “I think that it’s going to be more than capable of handling any additional traffic.”
She asked that parishioners use major roadways to access the church and not cut through residential neighborhoods.
Maple Grove is in the process of constructing a new roundabout at Arbor Ridge Parkway and 101st Avenue.
“I want to emphasize the importance of a neighborhood church,” Maple Grove Council Member Kristy Janigo said. “You’re one of the first churches in this immediate area so I think you have a real opportunity to serve the people living there.”