Old church to be refashioned into ministry campus

06/26/2014 10:49 AM

06/26/2014 10:49 AM

Finally there is some movement in the long-stalled redevelopment of the former Linwood Presbyterian Church.

The property at Linwood Boulevard and Bruce R. Watkins Drive received tax incentive approval Wednesday from Kansas City’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority. The plan is to convert the historic church into a $10 million neighborhood services complex called the Linwood Area Ministry Project, or LAMP, The Kansas City Star reports.

The church opened in 1923 but has been empty since the congregation moved in 1975 as the neighborhood changed from white to black. The property was sold in 1979 and then repurchased in 1995 by the Presbyterian Church USA.

The new plan is for the church and adjoining Harold Thomas Center to become a campus for the Heartland Presbytery, ReDiscover and the Front Porch Alliance. All do good work in the community.

Soon they will have a good home from which to do it and the community will have one less eyesore.

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