Notices went up on some of Shiloh Baptist Church’s vacant properties along the west side of 9th Street today declaring the buildings condemned. Condemnation does not mean that Shiloh can tear down the properties or that demolition is imminent; indeed, as historic buildings, Shiloh’s properties remain protected and anything Shiloh does with them must be consistent with historic preservation law.
The notices reveal that a hearing was held last week and that Shiloh failed to show cause as to why the buildings should not be condemned. Unfortunately the notices do not indicate whether Shiloh attempted to make such a showing.
If Shiloh is sincere about its plans to renovate and utilize these buildings in the future, isn’t it necessary, at very least, to stabilize these buildings now?
Personally, I cannot help but question the effectiveness of Shiloh’s ministry and leadership given the state and extent of their vacant property holdings in the Shaw neighborhood.
Again, thanks to Drew for the story lead and photos.