Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Colonial Heights Baptist Church Demolition to Start this Week

Demolition Begins at Former Baptist Church

After two years of working to save the former Colonial Heights Baptist Church building, the demolition is set to start this week. The Colonial Heights City Council voted to demolish the early 20th century structure and build a new courthouse in its place.

The church was the first church established in Colonial Heights' original subdivision. The building predates the incorporation of Colonial Heights and has been a dominant and iconic presence on the main boulevard through the city since the early 1900s.

The building has been unused since the congregation built a new structure in 2008 and sold the church to the city.

Preservation VA listed the church on our Endangered List in 2009.

A local reuse committee created a plan to reuse the church for the new courthouse, but this plan was rejected by the City Council last year, because it was determined that it would be more expensive to resue the church rather than demolish it.

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