Church hopes to convert building to apartments

By Jeff Simms

The Beacon City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 17, to hear feedback on a proposal by the Episcopal Diocese of New York to convert a building at St. Andrew’s Church at 21 South Ave. into apartments.

The building, which once housed the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. community center, would be converted into three apartments: two for families and a one-bedroom. They would be rented at market rates. The project requires a special-use permit from the council because it includes multifamily housing, as well as a certificate of approval because of its location in the historic district.

The developers appeared before the council last month and pledged to return the “architectural integrity” to the site.

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Simms has covered Beacon for The Current since 2015. He studied journalism at Appalachian State University and has reported for newspapers in North Carolina and Maryland. Location: Beacon. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Beacon politics