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Empty churches in greater Chattanooga area being resurrected into new uses | timesfreepress.com

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church now serves as St. Andrew's Center, an urban, faith-based neighborhood center.

Restoring and repurposing church properties is a green initiative known as “adaptive reuse,” says Ann Gray, executive director of Cornerstones Inc., Chattanooga’s historic preservation nonprofit.

“One of the interesting things about historic preservation is that they [church buildings] very much embrace the concept of adaptive reuse,” says Gray. “They were built for an original purpose; now that purpose has changed, but that building is still sound to use.

“Churches were built for public community gatherings, and through adaptive reuse they are still being used for that same purpose with a twist. That’s why we accept it so easily,” Gray explains.

The Church on Main, once home to the congregation of St. James United Methodist Church, is now an event hall that hosts weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, charity fundraisers and business meetings.

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