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Businesses concerned about Southeast expansion

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Shopping center purchased for church expansion. Shopping center purchased for church expansion.

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky.  (WDRB)--A Louisville-based church, that is one of the largest in the nation, is growing again.  But the growth at Southeast Christian's Oldham County location is causing some concern.

"We would like to know what is going to happen after they...if they decide to purchase the whole shopping center," says Joel Dominguez, Manager El Tarasco Mexican Restaurant.

The El Tarasco Mexican Restaurant is located at the Crestwood Station Shopping Center in Oldham County.  Dominguez is homing to get some answers soon.  But so far, he says, "All I know is just rumors."

The rumors surround Southeast Christian Church purchasing the entire strip mall.  "If they do it, we would like to know how things is going to help us or what's going to happen there," Dominguez explains.

The restaurant is one of several businesses in the shopping center that would be affected by any changes.  That's why we went directly to the source for answers.

"Our church has been very blessed to be able to enter into an agreement to purchase Crestwood Station," says Greg Allen, Southeast Oldham County campus pastor.  "We're averaging a little over 3,000 in weekend attendance."

Allen says in just three years the church has grown and needs more space.  That's especially the case for young members.  Allen says, "We have so many young families at this church, and so we've run out of room just to take care of their children and teach the children about the Lord while the mom and dad are in the worship service."

Construction crews are already on site, however, Allen says the church plans to communicate and work with all of the businesses.  "And so we would handle each tenant individually 'cause we care for 'em deeply because before we came here they were here."

Joel Dominguez says that's good to know because a lot of his employees are asking how long the open for business sign will last.  "They'd like to know what's going to happen with the future and if they're still going to have a job or not."

Southeast hopes to have control of the shopping center by the end of the year.

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