- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis development board has approved a zoning change that moves a century-old church closer to demolition to make way for a convenience store.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission voted 4-2 Wednesday in favor of Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle’s request to rezone the four-acre site now occupied by St. John United Church of Christ on the city’s far east side.

Giant Eagle plans to demolish the Tudor Gothic Revival-style church and build a convenience store and gas station in its place. That plan still needs the City-County Council’s approval.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1E9WpB9 ) Cumberland town officials hoped to save the 1914 church for reuse in a mixed-use development.

Church leaders say the building needs at least $750,000 in repairs. The church’s dwindling congregation is building a smaller church elsewhere.

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Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, https://www.ibj.com

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