Officials seeking to develop a Montecito Heights hilltop owned by the church founded by legendary evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson are scheduled to provide more details of the project at a meeting tonight (April 19) with residents. The Church of the Foursquare Gospel has put neighbors on notice that it wants to build a residential community on its hillside holdings – including Flattop, a popular neighborhood gathering spot and view point – that it has owned for about 80 years. The proposal to build about 24 homes on the rolling hills has met with considerable opposition and prompted the formation of SOUL (Save our Undeveloped Land) of Flattop to fight the project. Tonight’s presentation is being hosted by the Montecito Heights Improvement Assn., which is advising folks to be polite in light of previous heated meetings over the same project:
The meeting includes Vince Daly and Greg Campbell representing the Four Square Church. They promise to provide more details of the development they are contemplating. MHIA has accepted their request to speak to the community for informational purposes. This is not intended to be a decisive, confrontational exchange. MHIA leadership will insist upon calm and respectful decorum.
The meeting, which will cover other topics, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Montecito Heights Senior Center.
- Foursquare church to discuss “Flat Top” development Thursday. Patch