The Northfield Planning Board approved an application that would create a house of worship out of several adjacent units in a strip mall.

The application by Calvary Chapel Gateway would create a 160-seat chapel out of what was most recently the CLC Bookstore and a Boardwalk Fries restaurant in the Mainland Professional Plaza on Tilton Road.

The board needed to approve a use variance for the commercially zoned property.

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Pastor Tony Montemurro, asked for comment about the chapel, said that his congregation of about 60 adults had been meeting Sundays at various schools and Wednesdays at a synagogue.

The chapel stemmed from a Bible study group formed in 2011 and started services in 2012.

"We prayed and looked around for a more permanent location, so we don't have to set up and take down" Montemurro said. "We could make more regular use of the facility and leave equipment there."

The approval allows Calvary Chapel Gateway to contract with Mainland Business Plaza and begin renovations. Montemurro did not give out estimated costs of the renovations and rental of the units.

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