Downtown Charleston church’s proposed demolition back up for review
The proposed demolition of a historically African American downtown Charleston house of worship is headed back to the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Thursday for consideration.
The owners of Macedonia AME Church want to tear down the structure, built around 1965, at 48 Alexander St.
The church’s congregation is moving to a new facility being built on Savage Road in West Ashley, and its leaders want to sell the downtown property to help pay for the new site.
The 3,485-square-foot church building is surrounded by city-owned and privately owned property and has no dedicated parking area. It sits across from a city garage that serves the Gaillard Performing Arts Center and city and county school district offices.
In September, the BAR deferred action after several church members said they were not informed of the decision to raze the place of worship.
Macedonia would not be the first church building to be demolished on the peninsula.
Plymouth United Church of Christ on Spring Street was torn down in 2015 to make way for a 28-unit residential development.
Other congregations that have decided to worship elsewhere include Shiloh AMEon Smith Street, Mount Carmel AME on Rutledge and the old Zion-Olivet Presbyterian Church at the end of Cannon Street.