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This house at 2001 Fairmount Avenue, owned since March 1997 by Mt Tabor Baptist Church and sitting vacant since at least 2005, has been recently demolished. The house that was next door at 2003 1/2 Fairmount Avenue was also owned by Mt Tabor and demolished. The church now owns 4 vacant house lots within a block of their main building.

2003 1/2 Fairmount Avenue (2004)
2003 1/2 Fairmount Avenue (2004)

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Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Those look better than many of the houses left standing. Is the church knocking them down preemptively?

edg
edg
7 years ago

Judging by the photo, the house looks like it could have been renovated! I guess this area is not in a designated historic district?

laura
laura
7 years ago

Too bad…Those look like they could have been stunners with some TLC.

Nearby Neighbor
Nearby Neighbor
7 years ago

Urban churches in Church Hill are one of the major culprits in displacement of traditional, affordable workforce housing here. Looking at you, Cedar Street. Looking at you, Temple of Judah.

Billy
Billy
7 years ago

Thanks a lot, Jesus.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

#6. well done. actually made me lol.

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
7 years ago

OK, what gives. The houses are in a Historic District mandated by National Parks rules so why were they simply torn down without any opposition?

Martin Bartholmy
Martin Bartholmy
7 years ago

That’s what I was wondering about: Do they just do it and no-one enforces the rules? Or are the rules that govern such a Historic District just useless? Anyone know?

Richard
Richard
7 years ago

Sad. There is a church of here in Battery Park, the tore down a house. Was in good shape too. Praise Jesus.

spacecat
spacecat
7 years ago

What a shame. Both of them were in good shape. The 2001 Fairmount was particularly nice.

What is their motivation for tearing them down I wonder? It’s not taxes, because the churches and their properties aren’t taxed, right? I guess they save on maintenance costs. Sad. If they fixed them, they could actually help members of their congregations and the community who needed low cost housing.

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