- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A historic black church in downtown Indianapolis has been sold to a developer who plans to build two hotels on the property and its parking lot.

The Indianapolis Star (indy.st/1SmQ0bX ) reports that the city’s oldest African-American church has been sold for an undisclosed price after efforts to raise the $2 million needed for building repairs fell short. The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1869.

The chairman of Indianapolis-based SUN Development and Management Corporation says his company has not yet decided which hotel company will take over the space.

The developer plans to build a replica of the church on what is now its parking lot for the second hotel near the Downtown Canal. Bharat Patel says SUN will keep the church’s tower and its front facade intact.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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