Century-Old Church Faces Demolition Again

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A church that has stood on the east side of Indianapolis for 100 years is once again facing demolition. The congregation of the former St. John United Church of Christ, also known as German Church, is looking to raise $38,000 by May 4 or the building could be torn down in June.

The congregation is looking for a total of $75,000 to pay for upkeep and so far, it has received $25,000 pledged by Indiana Landmarks in addition to another $12,000 from private donors. Indiana Landmarks says demolition could begin June 1 if the money isn't raised by next Thursday.

"A lot of people see the German Church as a landmark and want to see it saved," said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. "It could take on new life and serve the community once again if enough donors sign on to help."

Indianapolis-based TWG Development LLC has agreed to buy the building and redevelop it into senior housing, however it is awaiting the approval of federal housing tax credits, which have been delayed by the federal budget process. Joe Whitsett with TWG says the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority has put the project on a waitlist until the federal tax credits are approved. 

TWG made its proposal for the property after another proposal to demolish the building and build a convenience store and gas station was withdrawn due to protest from the community. 

You can donate to the church at the Indiana Landmarks website and writing "Save German Church" in the comment field.

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