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A computer rendering shows a proposed temporary classroom building for Community Christian Academy that would be located on Columbia Road. The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved a zoning change for the school and its parent, Trinity Baptist Church, to allow for the construction.

A computer rendering shows a proposed temporary classroom building for Community Christian Academy that would be located on Columbia Road. The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved a zoning change for the school and its parent, Trinity Baptist Church, to allow for the construction.

A private parochial school in Columbia County received approval from the county to build temporary classrooms to be used while a new school is built.

Community Christian Academy, located at 4594 Columbia Rd. in Martinez, has been located on the campus of Trinity Baptist Church of Columbia County since its founding in 2016.

The church requested a zoning change to create temporary classrooms for up to two school years while a new school is being built.

The three parcels that make up the church property are located on the south side of Columbia Road, on both sides of Hillcrest Drive, and are bordered on the east by Oak Ridge Road.

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The church proposes two construction phases to be carried out simultaneously.

Phase one will include 15,470 square feet of temporary classroom space for CCA’s upper grades, and will include a landscaped buffer on Oak Ridge Road.

In phase two, a 780 square meter gymnasium will be built directly behind the main church building.

An earlier zoning change on the church property allowed for the construction of sports fields and additional parking in 2007. A 2015 change allowed for the construction of a 15,000-square-foot family center, which has since been completed, a 9,000-square-foot multipurpose gymnasium and community hall, and a nave extension, which the church later did not pursue.

County planners approved the church’s request on the condition that “an adequate route for picking up and dropping off students is available on school property and the school does not use or impede traffic flow in Columbia County’s right-of-way,” according to county planners’ summary analysis of the request.

The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved the request this week.

This article originally appeared in the Augusta Chronicle: Community Christian Academy prepares for another campus expansion