Another former intown house of worship is being reborn as something else.

A building that previously operated as Free Gospel Interdenominational Church at 955/957 Wylie Street is undergoing a conversion to rental housing about a block from the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail in Reynoldstown.

Two doors down, another small Reynoldstown church, the 1920s Bearden Temple AME Church, was recently remade into a duplex called Wylie Chapel Lofts. Both projects continue a years-long trend around intown neighborhoods that's seen numerous churches adaptively reused as offices, housing, and even an improv club, while many others were razed.

According to building permit records, the Wylie Street project will see the church converted into six apartments with new doors and windows and a repaired exterior.

New windows and facade along Wylie Street. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

The property has been a source of code complaints dating back to 2019 involving overgrowth, accumulated trash, and other issues, property records show.

The current owners are listed as an LLC called CDW Partners. They bought the .33-acre property from the church in July 2021 for $800,000, according to Fulton County tax records.  

Attempts to reach developers and their planning representative this week for more information and project images weren’t successful.

Free Gospel Interdenominational Church has relocated to another church building on McWilliams Road in Lakewood.

In the gallery above, see where the project stands today—and how it relates to the Eastside Trail and Hulsey Yards’ sprawling nothingness across the street.


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