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Wal-mart Project Developers Would Demolish 19th Century Church
Despite repeated pleas by Remington community members, the former Royer’s Hill Methodist Episcopal Church will not be saved if WV Urban Development has its way. You wouldn’t know it though, by looking at current designs for the development, which show a church-like structure at it’s location.
The viable 19th century stone building, which would likely far outlast any new structure built at the site under natural forces, is located at the corner of 24th and Sisson Streets and is currently being used as a storage space. In February, Baltimore Hertage, a citywide, nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization, came out in solidarity with residents and stated on their blog that the church “should be preserved and utilized to help establish a successful transition between the large commercial development and the historic residential Remington neighborhood”.
The developers of the proposed 25th Street Station apparently lack the creativity to incorporate the building into their ground plan and continue with their intention to demolish the church as they are gearing to present the project to the City Council. In last week’s meeting with residents, a member of the WV Urban Development team explained that the building “can not be saved” and in exchange they are considering creating a facade in the form of the church in order “to maintain the original character of the corner”, which is the church-like configuration rendered in the current plan.
The bulldozing of the church raises further questions about the developer’s ability to respectfully reconcile community concerns about the controversial development. A rally is being held Monday at City Hall at 4pm before the anticipated introduction of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the development by City Council Member Belinda Conaway to the Baltimore City Council. Community members who are concerned about the development are encouraged to attend the rally, which is organized by Bmore Local, and urge City Council not to approve the PUD unless certain demands by the community are met.[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com]
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