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St. Peter's begins razing

By WAVENEY ANN MOORE, Times Staff Writer
Published November 11, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG - Demolition will begin this week on the auxiliary buildings of St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral, making way for long-planned redevelopment.

Last week workers covered some of the historic cathedral's windows to protect them from damage during the demolition, which is expected to take about 90 days.

Being torn down are the cathedral's three-story administration building, the one-story parish hall and the five-story Cathedral Center for Ministry facility. After the 9 a.m. service today, the congregation at 140 Fourth St. N will say farewell to the old buildings.

A new $4.5-million, 20,000-square-foot structure will take their place, housing offices, and meeting and fellowship space. It will be connected to St. Peter's historic Gothic revival cathedral.

"We've actually titled the building project, 'A time to build ... building and believing in downtown,'" said Sheree Graves, St. Peter's senior warden. Construction is set to start in February and finish by June 2009, she said.

The cathedral has struggled to redevelop its space for about a decade. Among the difficulties: City officials have been reluctant to allow the congregation to tear down the former First Baptist Church sanctuary it has owned since 1990. St. Peter's now hopes to sell the structure for $1.75-million.

Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at wmoore@sptimes.com or 727 892-2283.

[Last modified November 10, 2007, 22:17:16]


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