On Monday, March 6, West Lafayette City Council voted 8-1 to approve rezoning of the Chauncey Hill property of University Lutheran Church. The decision is a final green light for plans to redevelop the corner of State Street and South Chauncey Avenue, and to relocate the church to a new location on Northwestern Avenue.
The move is part of a strategic plan to relocate University Lutheran to the undergraduate center of the Purdue University campus. The church plans to move into The Exponent building, directly across the street from Purdue’s engineering mall and just a few steps away from the Graduate Student Center.
“I am grateful for the West Lafayette City Council’s approval of the last piece of the zoning necessary for us to move forward. Now we are able to say for sure that we are moving to our new location on Northwestern Avenue,” said Susan Linson, CEO of RoadWorks Manufacturing and a longtime member of University Lutheran Church.
“Our new location, being closer to the Purdue campus, will allow us even more opportunities to minister to students,” Linson added. “I am so excited about this. It’s a good thing at a good time. It’s going to be fabulous!”
Rev. Justin Herman, pastor of University Lutheran, agreed. “University Lutheran Church has gone through a lot of changes in the last three years. I never imagined the changes that we are seeing, but I am excited to see what God our Savior will do in the years to come,” Herman said. “God is going to use ULu to feed his sheep and seek and save the lost. His Word continues to work in this lost world and it is awesome to be a part of it.”
Plans for the proposed half-mile move to 460 Northwestern Avenue have been underway since last year when The Exponent, the student newspaper of Purdue University, sought a buyer for its three-story brick building. When purchased by the Indiana District, the new facility will provide a new sanctuary for the University Lutheran congregation, as well as multiple-use spaces for campus ministry, including a coffee shop, meeting spaces, and church offices. [Related: Timeline for Relocation.] The new building is slated to create a highly visible, diversified, and strengthened outreach to Purdue students.
“We are humbled by this unfolding opportunity for our ministry at Purdue! God continues to provide green light after green light!” said Rev. Daniel May, president of the Indiana District, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. “This last hurdle is significant as we move boldly and faithfully ahead! To God alone be the glory!”