Commercial Buildings and Churches

Faith Deliverance CenterOne thing that has disturbed me for quite a while is the number of small churches the city has in former residential and commercial buildings. Its not that I’m against churches finding available space, its more that once these buildings are rezoned and taken off the tax roles, they never seem to return to any other use.

For example, the building accompanying this post used to be a bakery in 1927. I think the current church has been at this location since 1993. It is an active church, and as long as it is active and has a thriving congregation, its better than having the building empty.

Its when a congregation dies out that I get concerned. There needs to be a better mechanism for a commercial building to revert to commercial use when a church dies, so that it can return to the tax roles and productive life.

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