Memorial Drive’s residential metamorphosis has claimed another building once used for church services.
Demolition crews in recent days made quick work of a vacant, graffiti-strewn structure on a corner site where Memorial Drive meets East Lake Terrace, just north of Drew Charter School facilities and the East Lake YMCA.
Records indicate the Kirkwood building most recently operated as East Lake Church of God in Christ, but it hasn’t been used regularly for years. Plans approved by the city show five single-family homes with rear-entry garages being built on that corner, with all five porches facing Memorial.
According to Trulia, the property sold a year ago for $600,000.
Final building permits issued in December list the property’s owners as East Lake Church of God in Christ Trustees. The developer, IBC Group, couldn’t be reached this week, and documents filed with the city show no renderings for the homes or other details.
It’s not the only shuttered house of worship in the vicinity planned to make way for housing.
Directly across the street at 2250 Memorial Drive, five more detached dwellings are moving through the zoning process to replace Zion Pentecostal Evangelistic Church of God in Christ.
Xmetrical design firm plans show three-story homes topped with roof terraces arranged around that lot. The four-bedroom homes are expected to be roughly 2,600 square feet, priced between $650,000 and $750,000, the development team said last year.
Both projects continue the trend of developers moving in to claim land from intown congregations willing to sell property and move on.
Similar scenarios have played out with Toll Brothers’ 51-home Oxley Edgewood project, the Empire Paintbox townhomes and 5 at Oakview projects elsewhere in Kirkwood, and the 1200 Ponce venture claiming Druid Hills United Methodist Church, among others.
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