CHERRY HILL — A Catholic parish here wants a judge to allow eviction proceedings against Solid Rock Worship Center, a church that plans to host a controversial charter school at its Ashland complex.
Holy Eucharist Parish said Solid Rock continues to owe back rent under a lease-purchase agreement and that it has missed a deadline to buy the compound at Burnt Mill and Evesham roads. The parish says those actions violate an agreement the parties reached in June, about a month after Holy Eucharist sued for Solid Rock’s removal.
But Pastor Amir Khan, who leads Solid Rock’s 1,000-member congregation, says his church has received verbal approval for a mortgage that will satisfy its financial obligations. He said Solid Rock hopes to receive a written commitment for the loan shortly...
Khan has received state approval to operate a charter school, Regis Academy, in a former parochial school building at the site. Regis Academy, on track to open in September, hopes to draw students from Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Somerdale and Lawnside. It faces sharp opposition from school administrators and residents in those towns, who say Regis Academy would divert badly needed tax dollars from the local districts...
[Khan] said the site is more than the charter school. “We’re a church,” he said, noting about 85 youngsters also attend a private Christian school and day-care center. “We’re just excited that we’re finally going to get our mortgage.”* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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