MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) – Demolition is underway on the former First Methodist Church building in downtown Murfreesboro for a new mixed-use development.
The One East College, LLC mixed-use development will be constructed on 2.42 acres along East College Street, North Spring Street, East Lytle Street and North College Street. Interior demolition work began in January 2020 while exterior demolition work began on Friday.
Demolition began around the former First United Methodist Church in downtown Murfreesboro.
During the demolition, some of the parking spaces on the city street will be closed in accordance with security protocol.
“We will be phasing out some parking spaces on city streets,” said Brian Davis, president and chief operating officer of TRC Construction Services, Inc., in a press release. “Each phase will require the closure of certain car parks with the reopening of spaces at the end of the phase. We will do everything to close as few spaces as possible.
Exterior demolition is expected to take approximately eight weeks and will be completed in three phases. Phase 1 will be the demolition of the one-story building at 123 E. College St., a separate building from the historic First United Methodist Church of 1888. Phase 2 will remove the northern half of a two-story structure, the educational wing of the old church. Phase 3 will remove the southern half of the same two-story structure, an addition to the original 1888 church building that once housed the Frankly Synergy Bank.
Two Cornerstones (1910, 1955) will be removed and delivered to the First United Methodist Church along with a 1955 time capsule.
The old bell town of the first United Methodist Church in downtown Murfreesboro.
The construction of the new buildings for the mixed-use development is not expected until the first half of 2022, after the development and approval of the construction plan.
The mixed-use project will include the restoration of the church and the bell tower as part of the overall space for catering, offices, shops and mixed-use housing. Public parking is also provided for the project.
The City, County of Rutherford and the Industrial Development Board have approved a tax increase funding program to help increase the public parking available in the parking lot near the historic town center plaza and court building of the Rutherford County.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original plans for a 110-unit hotel were changed with council approval in May to one-bedroom / studio units that could be converted into a boutique hotel if the opportunity presents itself.
Located on a property previously owned by the Town of Murfreesboro, the Town finalized the closing of the sale of the land on June 28, 2019, with One East College, LLC to cultivate a design consistent with the historic character of the site.
The redevelopment of the former Franklin Synergy site is expected to revitalize downtown Murfreesboro by adding significant commercial, commercial and residential properties to the downtown area. Over the long term, mixed-use development will significantly increase the assessed value of the site, which will increase city and county property and sales tax revenues.
Although the church sanctuary is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nor located in the historic district of Murfreesboro, city and community leaders have sought to keep the bell tower in the historic downtown landscape. city. The former building of the First United Methodist Church served the congregation there until 2003.
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