Demolition Begins at Another Former Riverward Church
The former Grace of God Church of Deliverance on the 2100 block of E. Firth Street is being torn down to make way for new housing developments in East Kensington. The large, old stone building extends all the way around to 2121 E. Cumberland St. Demolition began earlier this week.
There are a few different projects revolving around the structure. Red Oak Builders are developing one housing project by taking the church’s parish house and converting it into five new luxury homes. The developer says it will be reusing some of the materials from the inside of the old building, adding that a third story will be built, all of the windows will be replaced and divisions between the homes will correspond to existing window columns. Red Oak is also renovating a building next door to the old church in addition to building another home on a vacant lot on Cumberland Street.
As for the actual church building (Red Oak is only developing the parish house) a spokesman from the developer told Spirit News that it was sold to another developer. That developer opted for demolition instead of reuse (we’re not sure how sound the structural integrity of the building was) and is building six homes on the property.