Gardnerville church clears hurdle |

Gardnerville church clears hurdle

A major design review for a 19,526-square-foot church was approved by the Gardnerville Town Board on Tuesday.

High Sierra Fellowship will be located near Heritage Park at the entrance to Chichester Estates.

The site will include classrooms, a meeting and multi-purpose room, offices, a kitchen, a playground and picnic areas, according to the town.

Among the roads that will have to be completed would be half of Maple Street and all of Ezell Street. Instead of requiring the church to do the work, the town would accept payment for the church’s portion.

The church will be busiest on Sundays with an estimated 733 trips that day, with access off Gilman Avenue.

High Sierra Fellowship moved to its current location at 1701 Lucerne St. in 2011. The building previously housed Douglas County’s only charter school, Sierra Crest Academy, until the academy closed in 2010.

The church will be returning to Gardnerville, as its prior location was on Industrial Way.

High Sierra Fellowship was founded in 1990.

In June, Gardnerville Town Board members were told the church would be a change from what had been envisioned for Gilman.